SnapChat flash on a mobile phone is blamed for a crash that kills the driver’s best friend
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A man who killed his best friend by showing off in his high powered sports car has been jailed for three years.
Jignesh Patel, 27, was driving a black BMW Alpina on the B1050 in Longstanton when he lost control, causing it to leave the carriageway and roll into a nearby field.
Patel said he was distracted when his front passenger used the flash light on a mobile phone to use SnapChat.
This resulted in Patel straying into the oncoming lane at which point he steered suddenly and excessively causing the crash.
Sergeant Mark Dollard said: “Jignesh Patel had a high powered sports car at his disposal, and his showing off caused the death of his best friend.
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“I would like to thank the family of Dishant Patel for their patience and the dignity they have shown throughout this time.
“This case highlights how the actions of others travelling in vehicles can distract drivers and irresponsible driving can end lives.”
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Data from the vehicle showed he had been travelling above 100mph earlier in the day and it was likely he was travelling at excessive speed at the time of the collision.
Sadly the back seat passenger, Dishant Patel, 25, of Collingwood Drive, Longstanton, was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Patel and his front seat passenger, a man in his 20s, suffered minor injuries.
Patel was found guilty of death by dangerous driving following a five day trial at Cambridge Crown Court and was sentenced today to three years and disqualified from driving for three and a half years.