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Drivers racing 'side-by-side' jailed for killing young woman who was planning to travel the world

Two drivers have been jailed at Swansea Crown Court for killing a young woman who was on her way home from working extra shifts to travel the world.

Kelly Kennedy, 25, had been working long hours as a carer to autistic children to go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia and Australia.

But as she drove home from work at night, she was hit at high speed by the men racing "side-by-side."

Drivers Liam Price and Cory Kedward, both 23, were racing each other at 90mph when Price's car ploughed into Miss Kennedy's.

Kelly Kennedy Credit: South Wales Police / Family

Prosecutor Jim Davies said Kedward was racing his black Vauxhall Astra SRi and Price was in his turquoise Honda Civic Sport when the crash happened.

Mr Davies said: “They were side-by-side, travelling at high speed."

The court heard that moments before the crash three passengers in Price’s car “screamed” at him to slow down.

When Miss Kennedy spotted Price’s car coming straight at her in the darkness she braked and tried to swerve, but she was killed "instantaneously" at the scene in Swansea in July 2016.

Liam Price, jailed for six years and four months Credit: South Wales Police

Price admitted causing death by dangerous driving but Kedward was found guilty after a trial.

In a letter read out in court Price said: "My actions that night have taken away a young life and I am sincerely sorry. I hope the justice here in court will help to ease the pain. I hate myself for what has happened."

Price, of Pontardawe, who cried in the dock, also pleaded guilty to another count of dangerous driving after police found a video of him filming himself driving 120mph six weeks before the fatal crash.

He was sentenced to six years and four months.

Cory Kedward, jailed for seven years Credit: South Wales Police

Kedward denied being to blame – saying he was not racing or engaging in any kind of “competitive driving” at the time.

Kedward, of Penycae in the upper Swansea Valley, was sentenced to seven years.

In a victim impact statement, Miss Kennedy's mother Tracy, said her daughter had planned to work at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand and had booked her tickets to travel in October.

Miss Kennedy's father, Paul, said her family would never be happy again. He said: "In a way it will bring us closure but it does not give us any satisfaction. No matter what sentence they get it will never be enough, it won’t bring back what we had. It will bring closure to it, but are we happy? We will never be happy again."

Judge Paul Thomas told the pair: "The two of you drive neck and neck. Neither of you would back down. Winning that contest was all you cared about. Your egos were more important to both of you than the safety of others. It was a deliberate decision to ignore the rules of the road."