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Live updates as Peter Petrie is sentenced for killing Keely Birks

A 28-year-old man has today been sentenced to six years in prison for causing the death of a teenage Derby girl in a fatal collision.

Earlier this week, Peter Petrie pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving of Keely Birks.

Keely, who was 17-years-old, died in hospital after she was struck by a car at around 8pm on November 20, last year, in Harvey Road, Allenton.

Petrie also admitted to charges of driving while disqualified and without insurance.

At a sentencing hearing this afternoon, Friday, February 4, Judge Shaun Smith QC sentenced Petrie to six years in prison. He also disqualified him from driving for 15 years.

Following Keely’s death, tributes were left at the site of the collision including flowers, candles, and written messages after a vigil took place which was attended by her parents.

Their tribute read: “Keely our precious, beautiful, funny, young daughter. Took too soon, forever in our hearts, mum, dad and family.”

Another card at the scene said: “Rest in peace princess. You were taken way too soon I’m going to miss you so much. I love you lots Keely. It’s your world.”

Derbyshire Live’s court reporter Martin Naylor provided live updates from the sentencing as it took place.

You can recap on the updates below: