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      ‘Arrogant’ teen driver William Eade killed beloved 17-year-old school assistant Lucy Knowles in a 55mph tree-crash crash

      ByMonelo Gabriel

      Mar 24, 2023

      A careless and inconsiderate teenager who caused the death of a school assistant near Sheffield has been jailed.

      William Eade, aged 19, was driving a Skoda on 2 April 2022, when it crashed into several trees on Harewood Road, Holymoorside, Chesterfield, killing his passenger Lucy Knowles. Lucy, a 17-year-old school assistant, was sitting behind Eade when the tragic accident occurred.

      Today Eade, of Enfield Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, was jailed for 10 months at Derby Crown Court on Friday March 24. He pleaded guilty to killing 17-year-old Lucy for careless or reckless driving, the Derby Telegraph reports.

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      Jeremy Janes, the prosecutor, said the tragedy occurred at 10:45 p.m. when Eade lost control of his car, going through two trees before hitting a third and coming to a stop. Calculations show that the first impact was at 14.62 times gravity. Investigations found the speed at which the car hit the tree on the 60mph highway was 55mph, but according to the car’s black box, Eade had been driving at 59mph five seconds before the final impact.

      Lucy was taken to Sheffield North General Hospital and pronounced dead on April 5. The court heard how Eade had been drinking but did not exceed the legal limit. Cannabis was also found in his system, but also below the limit established by law.

      William Eade, 19 Enfield Road, Newbold, Chesterfield (Image: Derbyshire Police)

      Lucy’s distraught family said Eade’s actions have put them through hell. In a statement read at Derby Crown Court to Lucy’s mother, Kerry spoke of the difficulty of telling her other children about Lucy’s death.


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