A man who abandoned another man in a car crash and left him to die has been jailed.
Mark McCormack pleaded guilty to causing the death of passenger Declan Blackburne, 21, by dangerous driving. He was sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court on 8 February to six years in prison.
As well as his sentence, the offender will also be disqualified from driving for eight years.
McCormack’s Honda Civic was spotted driving at speed by police during the early hours of Thursday 24 November 2016.
After following the car for a short while, the police activated the blue lights, instructing McCormack to pull over.
In an attempt to flee, the Honda suddenly accelerated and turned onto Councillor Lane before reaching speeds in excess of 80mph.
As the pursuit came close to the junction with Brookhead Drive, McCormack lost control of his vehicle. His Honda flipped off the carriageway at the offside and hit a lamp post, telephone junction box and a wooden telegraph pole. The collision occurred at such speed that all were broken into halves.
As the car came to a halt, McCormack fled the scene by foot. He left Declan Blackburne in the car with unsurvivable injuries.
Blackburne was immediately taken to hospital but sadly died on Tuesday 6 December 2016.
McCormack was arrested at Cheadle Heath Police Station. At the time of the arrest he had traces of cannabis, cocaine and benzoylecgonine in his system.
Sergeant Mark Thomas of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “This was a completely avoidable incident which resulted in the death of a man, leaving his family devastated.