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Jail for 'reckless' driver who killed taxi driver and injured two others

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A man has been jailed for 12 years after causing the death of a taxi driver and seriously injuring two women.

Thirty-year-old Ryan Hughes from Radcliffe Street in Oldham pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.  

He received his sentence on Friday 17 September at Minshull Street Crown Court.  

Ryan Hughes was driving over 80mph down Higginshaw Lane when he collided with the driver side of a taxi. The incident took place last year on Saturday 1 September at around 9.40pm. 

Hughes and the other occupants of the car fled the scene following the collision, but later enquiries, a DNA match and CCTV footage lead to his arrest.  

The taxi driver was taken to hospital but had suffered a traumatic brain injury and later died. The two passengers suffered serious injuries including multiple broken ribs, broken pelvis and a dislocated spine.  

Police Sergeant Andrew Page of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit added: “Hughes drove recklessly across Oldham without any care for the safety of those around him and his thoughtless actions have resulted in the loss of an innocent man’s life. 
“Although sadly a man died as a result of this collision I hope his lengthy conviction provides a sense of closure and justice for his family, as well as the two women who were also injured. 
“I hope this sentence also serves as a warning and a reminder on the importance of adhering to the rules of the road. Speed limits are in place for a reason and although you may feel like you can drive faster, it can sometimes have tragic consequences and result in a prison sentence.” 

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