A driver has been jailed for causing the death of one of his passengers in a road collision in Kirklees.

Kyle Wright, aged 27, was sentenced to three years and 10 months at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday (April 2) after he pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and dangerous driving. The tragedy happened on the A58 Whitehall Road in Cleckheaton in January 2022.

Wright, of Longwood Gate in Huddersfield, was driving a Hyundai Terracan with five passengers, when he lost control. It left the road and landed in a field as it travelled towards Chain Bar roundabout at about 5am on Saturday, January 22.

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Cowardly Wright then fled the scene, leaving one of his passengers, Curtis Dominik, who was just 24 and from Bradford, to die at the scene. The other four people in the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

Curtis Dominik
Curtis Dominik
(Image: WYP)

In a tribute to Curtis, his family said: “Curtis was a kind-hearted, 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.”

Wright was also disqualified from driving for five years and eight months and must take an extended test before he can drive again. 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’ family and demonstrates that those who drive dangerously on our roads will be prosecuted.”

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