Teenage driver jailed for killing cousin

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A teenage driver who ran over two sisters who were also his cousins as they walked home from school was today jailed for four years.

Nathan Hennessey, 19, instantly killed 11-year-old Megan Hennessey and left her 16-year-old sister Sophie in a coma with life-threatening injuries when he hit them with his car as they were crossing the road.

The crash happened as the sisters made their way home from school in Thorne, South Yorkshire, on November 27, 2008.

Hennessey's driving was branded "aggressive" by Judge Peter Jones as he handed him the custodial sentence at Sheffield Crown Court.

The court heard how Hennessey originally denied a charge of death by dangerous driving but changed his plea to a guilty one just before going on trial at Doncaster Crown Court.