Man jailed following Ferrari collision that killed a teenage boy

man jailed following ferrari collision that killed a teenage boy

A man has been jailed following a Ferrari collision that resulted in the death of a 13-year-old boy.

Matthew Cobden, 39, of Long Lodge Driver, Surrey, was found guilty of causing death by careless driving by a jury at Winchester Crown Court.

The trial heard how Cobden had offered to give 13-year-old Alexander Worth a drive around in the million-pound Ferrari F50 before it went back into storage on August 22, 2016.

Cobden, who owns a car storage facility in Hook Road, North Warnborough, had been due to store the vehicle, which had been taken out earlier that day.

The teenager got into the car and the pair drove off for short ride around the public-accessed lane from the storage warehouse.

Neither were wearing seatbelts.

The court heard that after travelling a short distance, Cobden lost control of the vehicle and collided with fencing at the side of the track.

Sadly, Alexander suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cobden suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

He was later charged with causing the death of Alexander by careless driving, which he denied.

However, a jury found him guilty by a majority verdict 10-2.

Today he was sentenced to 18months in prison and disqualified from driving for two years and nine months.

Following the sentencing Sgt Rik Grant, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, added: “This is a truly tragic case where a young boy has lost his live.

“His family have been left devastated by this but they have shown great courage throughout this heart-breaking investigation.

“This sentence today could never make up for losing Alexander but I hope that it will bring some form of closure to his family.

“When driving such a powerful car, Cobden should have been in total control of the vehicle and taken all precautions to ensure he and his young passenger were safe.

“If anything can be taken away from this collision, I hope that by seeing how important it is to wear a seatbelt, regardless of the length or location of your journey, it might prevent another family going through this nightmare.”