A 27-year-old driver, Kyle Wright, has been sentenced to three years and 10 months by Leeds Crown Court for his role in a tragic road collision that resulted in the death of one of his passengers in Kirklees.

Wright, hailing from Longwood Gate in Huddersfield, admitted guilt to charges of causing death by careless driving and dangerous driving related to an incident on the A58 Whitehall Road in Cleckheaton back in January 2022.

The court heard that Wright was behind the wheel of a Hyundai Terracan carrying six individuals when the vehicle veered off the road and came to a halt in a field near the Chain Bar roundabout at approximately 5 am on Saturday, 22 January.

Tragically, one of the passengers, 24-year-old Curtis Dominik from Bradford, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other four occupants sustained minor injuries.

In addition to the prison sentence, Wright has been disqualified from driving for five years and eight months, with the requirement to undertake an extended driving test before regaining his licence.

The investigation into the incident was conducted by West Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Enquiry Team.

Detective Constable Debbie Farley, of the Major Collision and Enquiry Team, said: “Having lost control of his vehicle Wright fled the scene. He was arrested later that day.

“Further investigation highlighted other driving offences that night which were deemed to be dangerous prior to the collision.

“We hope the sentence Wright has received will provide some comfort for Curtis’s family and demonstrates that those who drive dangerously on our roads will be prosecuted.”

In a tribute to Curtis, his family said: “Curtis was a kindhearted, mischievous, larger than life young lad who lost his life at only 24 years old.

“He was taken away from a family that loved him more than he will ever know.

“He is deeply missed every single day by us all.”