Two teenagers have been jailed for five years for causing the death of a 17-year-old girl as they raced their cars in North Wales.
Olivia Alkir died at the scene following a two-vehicle collision on the B5105 in Denbighshire on 27 June, 2019.
Thomas Quick, 18, from Clawddnewydd and a 17-year-old boy from Dyffryn Clwyd, who was driving a Ford Fiesta and cannot be named for legal reasons, both pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at Mold Crown Court on Friday.
Olivia was a passenger in the Ford Fiesta and three other occupants from the same car were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Although not directly involved, Quick was racing with the 17-year-old driver who crashed with a Mercedes travelling in the opposite direction.
The 52-year-old male driver and a 76-year-old female passenger were also taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Investigating officer, PC Rich Witham of the Roads Policing Unit said: “The dangerous and reckless driving by the 17-year-old, who had only just passed his driving test the day before, and Thomas Quick has cost the life of 17-year-old Olivia Alkir and devastated her family’s life in the space of a few seconds.
Olivia’s family, from Denbighshire, also issued the following statement: “Olivia was a loving, vibrant, beautiful young woman with her whole life ahead of her.
“She was smart, ambitious, passionate and full of fun.
“She never failed to show care and compassion to all those she knew, and had a positive attitude and joy for life that brought so much happiness to her friends and family who loved her.
“She was our world and the best daughter anyone could ask for. We will never recover from losing our gorgeous girl. We wake to a living hell every day.
“Olivia’s death and the life-changing injuries inflicted on the other victims were a tragedy that should never have happened.”
“This was not a random accident.
“This was a calamity caused by the reckless and criminal actions of two young men who played Russian roulette with the lives of their passengers and other road users, which resulted in taking a life and causing severe injuries to four other innocent people.”
Quick and the teenager also pleaded guilty to four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.