A "cowardly" driver left a mum-of-two for dead in the wreckage of a car after a horror smash while he was under the influence of alcohol.

Deryon King, 24, sent a message saying "I think I killed my friends" after the crash in Rotherham.

He was under the influence of alcohol while behind the wheel of a Rover MG ZS when he ploughed into two parked vehicles.

King fled the scene of the crash leaving "devoted" and "loving" Megan Borrows, 24, a passenger, fighting for life in the backseat.

Tragically she died as a result of her injuries following the smash on June 8, 2017.

When police caught up with King he told them "lie after lie" in a bid to escape justice, only admitting the offence earlier this year.

Megan Borrows died as a result of her injuries
 

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC today sentenced King, of Kimberworth, to 16 months behind bars for death by careless driving.

He said: "Your driving may only be characterised as deplorable.

"Furthermore, after the collision, you behaved as only a coward. You ran off, leaving that young woman for dead.

"When the police spoke with you you lied, it's plain to me you were quite an accomplished liar.

"Lie after lie after lie was told... you are a coward."

Young mum Megan had two daughters, aged one and five-years-old, and was described by a friend as "the life and soul of the party".

King was driving with friends Joshua Faley in the front and Megan and Joe Marsh in the back when it smashed into parked cars and a pile of building material at the roadside.

The motorist, who was 22 at the time and not insured to drive', and an "accomplice" then fled the scene, leaving Ms Borrows to die in the backseat.

Prosecuting, Richard Thyne told an earlier hearing that following the crash, Mr Marsh had been heard to say: "We've got to get out, it's serious", before King replied: "Come on. Let's go."

The driver was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court

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King, who had no previous convictions later sent a text reading: "I think I killed my friends."

When King was apprehended by police, he told them another vehicle had been involved in the collision in a bid to avoid being held responsible, the court heard.

Mitigating, Sukhdev Garcha said King pleaded guilty at a pre-trial hearing having come to understand the seriousness of what he did.

The barrister added his client hadn't driven since the night of the crash and that he has no plans on getting back behind the wheel.

The court heard King, who is "ashamed" and "remorseful" over his actions, has suffered from PTSD-like symptoms since the night in question.

Judge Richardson QC said King admitted being intoxicated at the time of the crash but that a test could not be carried out in the immediate aftermath of it.

Had there been physical evidence of his drunkenness King would likely have been charged with the more serious offence of death by dangerous driving, the court heard.

Sentencing, Judge Richardson QC told a court it had been impossible for investigators to determine how fast King was driving but said he is "convinced" it was above the speed limit.

He said: "Had you been driving the limit the collision would not have occurred and even if it had it would not have occurred in the devastating way it eventuated.

"You made off in what can only be described as an acutely high level of cowardice.

"The sentence I pass upon you can never replace any form of value on the life of the deceased young woman.

"The family of Megan Borrows have been devastated by her death.

"She was the mother of two young children, they are now motherless.

"You are the cause of that unimaginable tragedy."

King was handed 16 months in prison for causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving.

He was also sentenced to nine months imprisonment for causing death by driving a vehicle without insurance or a licence which will run concurrently.

King was disqualified driving for five years and eight months and ordered him to take an extended test in order to regain his license.