After a grandmother was killed in a horrific car smash, one of the boy racers that caused the accident callously uploaded photos of the wreckage to Snapchat.

Shirley Hope, 84, died after a red BMW hit the car she was driving in Hirwaun, near Aberdare, on December 20, 2019.

Driver Levi Edwards, 27, had been "driving like an idiot" in a race with 23-year-old Morgan Sansom's white BMW along Rhigos Road when the collision took place.

As Mrs Hope lay dying in the road Sansom drove off before returning and leaving again while Edwards was arrested at the scene by police.

While others at the scene attempted to save the victim's life, reports WalesOnline, Sansom callously took a photograph of the smashed-up vehicles and posted the image to Snapchat with the caption: "Bad crash."

Sansom was later arrested at his home and said: "I did turn around and come back."

He later claimed someone had told him Mrs Hope was still alive so he drove home without giving it another thought.

A sentencing hearing at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court on Friday heard Edwards told police: "So I think I’ve come round the corner. I’ve slid, my wheel has hit the kerb. My back end has come out and she’s hit me side-on. I think my back end has come out first."

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Both defendants later pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Judge Richard Twomlow sentenced Edwards to six years imprisonment and Sansom was jailed for six years and three months. Both were disqualified from driving for six years, with Sansom given an extra month.

Senior investigating officer detective sergeant Lee Christer said: "Cars in the hands of irresponsible and reckless drivers are quite literally lethal weapons as so tragically proved the case on December 20, 2019.

"Levi Edwards and Morgan Sansom raced their cars that day with absolutely no regard for the laws of the road or for the safety of other road users.

"Their decision to use the roads as a racetrack cost a beloved grandmother her life and destroyed the lives of so many others.

"I would like to pay tribute to Shirley Hope’s family who have shown tremendous strength and dignity during what has been a lengthy and complex investigation.

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"Extensive CCTV inquiries, phone work, and forensic analysis were carried out in this case in order to disprove many of the claims made by the defendants and prove their guilt.

"That coupled with the impact of Covid-19 on the judicial process has meant Mrs Hope’s family have waited a long time to see justice served.

"I hope today’s outcome affords them some comfort as they begin to rebuild their lives."

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