Aldershot runners' deaths: Soldier jailed

Lucy Pygott, 17 and Stacey Burrows, 16,Image copyright
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Lucy Pygott (left), 17, and Stacey Burrows, 16, were members of of Aldershot, Farnham and District Athletic Club

A soldier who was over the alcohol limit and speeding when he killed two teenage athletes has been jailed.

Michael Casey admitted causing the deaths of Stacey Burrows, 16, and Lucy Pygott, 17, by dangerous driving.

The girls were out training in Aldershot, Hampshire, on the evening of 8 November when they were struck by his black Ford Focus in Queen’s Avenue.

Casey told the court he had been distracted because a colleague had been sick in his car earlier that evening.

The 24-year-old, of St Paul’s Road, Tottenham, London, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was sentenced to six years in prison and disqualified from driving for 10 years.

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Michael Casey appeared at Winchester Crown Court to enter his guilty plea

Winchester Crown Court heard Casey had been driving at 40mph in a 30mph zone near his barracks and had been looking at his colleague’s vomit in the moments before hitting the girls.

Casey said he then looked up to see a red traffic light at the crossing and “felt” a collision and saw the two girls in the road.

The court heard a friend who was on the crossing with the girls had shouted at them to run when he realised the car was not going to stop.

Lucy, who was from Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, had won a 3,000m bronze medal at the European Youth Championships in July and was described by her family as “an absolute joy”.

Stacey, from Farnborough, was the Hampshire under-17 3,000m champion. Paying tribute, her family said she was “perfect in every possible way”.

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