Teen locked up over Risca death crash

LOCKED UP: Jay Haines

LOCKED UP: Jay Haines

First published in News

A SPEEDING teenage driver was yesterday locked up for two years and three months for causing the death of his friend by dangerous driving.

Jay Haines, 18, was doing between 44 and 48mph in a 30mph zone when his overloaded Suzuki Alto hit a parked car in Tredegar Street, Risca, on November 6 last year.

Morgan Hackling, 19, died in hospital after the crash, which ended when Haines’ car rolled onto its side, sending the parked car careering across the road.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Haines, who was 17 at the time, had passed his driving test just two weeks before.

Only four days earlier he was stopped by police for speeding in Blackwood and warned for "showing off to his friends", the court heard.

Ieuan Bennett, prosecuting, told how on the night of the crash Haines went to meet friends in Risca after finishing work at a local McDonald’s restaurant.

He agreed to give five people, including Jack Taylor, Lewis Perkins, Nathan George and Luke Cook, a lift home.

Mr Hackling sat in the front passenger seat, whilst Mr Cook lay across the laps of the three others in the back.

Music from the car’s stereo was excessively loud and none of the passengers were wearing seat belts when Haines’ car hit a parked Renault as he navigated a slight bend in the road.

The impact sent the vehicle across the other side of the road, whilst Haines’ car rolled on its side and hit a lamppost at 1.35am.

Haines and two passengers managed to get out of the car, but three, including Mr Hackling, were trapped for around 30 minutes before emergency services cut them out.

The teenager was taken to Newport’s Royal Gwent Hospital with "grave" neck injuries and heavy bleeding where he was pronounced dead.

Mr Cook also suffered a serious rib injury and arm wound, which required 19 stitches. The others were relatively unhurt.

Harry Baker, defending, said Haines, who pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing, had taken no drink or drugs that day, and said his lack of driving experience contributed to the accident.

He added the rugby and badminton player, who attended Mr Hackling’s funeral, was remorseful and had struggled to come to terms with what happened.

The music technology student will be detained in a young offender’s institution and was banned from driving for three years.

'No comfort for victim's family'

The Recorder of Cardiff, Judge Eleri Rees QC, told the teenager: "The consequences for you and your family are serious and life changing but that cannot be compared with the loss for Morgan Hackling’s family - theirs is significantly worse.

"When you have served your sentence you can, with your family and friends, rebuild your life.

"No doubt the guilt and feeling of responsibility for having taken another life will always be with you and will be a punishment you will always bear.

"For Morgan’s family there is no way of finding comfort, your sentence will not diminish their sense of loss."

COMMENT: Tragedy is lesson to all young drivers

THE jail term handed down to teenager Jay Haines for causing the death of a friend should serve as a lesson to all young drivers.

Morgan Hackling, 19, died when Haines, now 18, crashed into a parked car in Risca nearly a year ago.

Haines had passed his driving test just two weeks before the accident. He had already been stopped by police for speeding and warned about the dangers of showing off to his friends.

Clearly the message did not sink in as just days later he crashed while speeding in a 30mph zone, killing Morgan and seriously injured one of the four other friends who had crammed into his car.

Haines did not set out to kill one of his friends. But he had overloaded his car with people and he did not have the driving skills necessary to deal with the car’s additional weight and its speed.

Morgan’s family will live with the consequences of Haines’ actions for the rest of their lives.

So will he, of course, but some would suggest his jail sentence of two years and three months is not long enough.

This tragic incident is just one of a long line of similar stories covered by this newspaper over the years.

Drink and drugs played no part, but inexperience and a natural teenage tendency to show off did.

We wonder how many more young lives will be lost before newly-qualified drivers learn to accept their limitations.

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2:18pm Sun 30 Sep 12

parcel says...

"He agreed to give five people, including Jack Taylor, Lewis Perkins, Nathan George and Luke Cook, a lift home"

He as the driver, is responsible for the and the people he carried when he was showing off!

Ultimately he's responsible for the death!
"He agreed to give five people, including Jack Taylor, Lewis Perkins, Nathan George and Luke Cook, a lift home" He as the driver, is responsible for the and the people he carried when he was showing off! Ultimately he's responsible for the death! parcel
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2:22pm Sun 30 Sep 12

Dai Rear says...

If this lad was some kind of a student, working part time at a hamburger joint, how on earth did he raise the 3 or 4 K for car insurance for a 17 year old?
If this lad was some kind of a student, working part time at a hamburger joint, how on earth did he raise the 3 or 4 K for car insurance for a 17 year old? Dai Rear
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10:52pm Sun 30 Sep 12

djones1667 says...

Give the lad a break mun. He's admitted to the accident and is going to do his time. How did he raise the money well its called working and working overtime. My insurance is £1,000 on a bike
Give the lad a break mun. He's admitted to the accident and is going to do his time. How did he raise the money well its called working and working overtime. My insurance is £1,000 on a bike djones1667
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10:45am Mon 1 Oct 12

Little Queen says...

djones1667 wrote:
Give the lad a break mun. He's admitted to the accident and is going to do his time. How did he raise the money well its called working and working overtime. My insurance is £1,000 on a bike
I agree with you 'Djones1667'.

Give the lad a break.

This is a desperately tragic event for ALL involved. Morgan's family AND Jay's family.

I know of the Haines family, and have known of Jay since he was a young lad. He's a good boy. He's not a teenage tearaway. He's not into drugs or alcohol abuse. He is not a thug.

Yes, his actions were an example of poor judgement with unthinkable consequences. And i am desperately sorry for Morgan's family.

Jay has accepted his guilt and is facing the consquences. He will have to live with this for the rest of his life. He will have to leave with what he has done to Morgan's , Morgan's family and the pain he has put his own family through.

In truth, I wonder what 'Jail' can teach him that the consequences of his actions and the loss of his friend's life has not already taught him. Surely, it will traumatise an already severely traumatised young man.

Who amoung us can honestly say we were not guilty of teenage exuberance . If we are honest, most of us were lucky to get through teenage years unscathed. Perhaps, we were lucky that our own poor judgement didn't result in such awful consequences. Who didn't read this article and hold their teenage sons a little tighter and tell them to make sure they are sensible because we know that this is every parents worst nightmare.

Jay and his friends put together a band when they were in their early teens and took part in little gigs and earned pocket money that way. He got a part time job @ McDonalds and worked every shift possible to help put himself through college. He has struggled to cope with this event but has still managed to get his college results and gain a place at university. A place now lost. He didn't sit around waiting for sentencing. He got a second job to keep his mind busy.

Does that sound like a young man who deserves to be written off??

I think for a teenage boy in this desperately awful situation, he has shown remarkable strength of character, which i hope he continues to show during his time in custody.

This was an avoidable tradgedy - YES , unquestionably. But bad things happen to good people too.

My sympathy, support and love goes out to BOTH families.
[quote][p][bold]djones1667[/bold] wrote: Give the lad a break mun. He's admitted to the accident and is going to do his time. How did he raise the money well its called working and working overtime. My insurance is £1,000 on a bike[/p][/quote]I agree with you 'Djones1667'. Give the lad a break. This is a desperately tragic event for ALL involved. Morgan's family AND Jay's family. I know of the Haines family, and have known of Jay since he was a young lad. He's a good boy. He's not a teenage tearaway. He's not into drugs or alcohol abuse. He is not a thug. Yes, his actions were an example of poor judgement with unthinkable consequences. And i am desperately sorry for Morgan's family. Jay has accepted his guilt and is facing the consquences. He will have to live with this for the rest of his life. He will have to leave with what he has done to Morgan's , Morgan's family and the pain he has put his own family through. In truth, I wonder what 'Jail' can teach him that the consequences of his actions and the loss of his friend's life has not already taught him. Surely, it will traumatise an already severely traumatised young man. Who amoung us can honestly say we were not guilty of teenage exuberance . If we are honest, most of us were lucky to get through teenage years unscathed. Perhaps, we were lucky that our own poor judgement didn't result in such awful consequences. Who didn't read this article and hold their teenage sons a little tighter and tell them to make sure they are sensible because we know that this is every parents worst nightmare. Jay and his friends put together a band when they were in their early teens and took part in little gigs and earned pocket money that way. He got a part time job @ McDonalds and worked every shift possible to help put himself through college. He has struggled to cope with this event but has still managed to get his college results and gain a place at university. A place now lost. He didn't sit around waiting for sentencing. He got a second job to keep his mind busy. Does that sound like a young man who deserves to be written off?? I think for a teenage boy in this desperately awful situation, he has shown remarkable strength of character, which i hope he continues to show during his time in custody. This was an avoidable tradgedy - YES , unquestionably. But bad things happen to good people too. My sympathy, support and love goes out to BOTH families. Little Queen
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11:23am Mon 1 Oct 12

djones1667 says...

Yeah also not to forget that he gotta live with what he done for the rest of his life. That's a life sentence enough. I knew of jay cause he was in the same school as me and he is 1 of my brothers mates. R.I.P morgan
Yeah also not to forget that he gotta live with what he done for the rest of his life. That's a life sentence enough. I knew of jay cause he was in the same school as me and he is 1 of my brothers mates. R.I.P morgan djones1667
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12:24pm Mon 1 Oct 12

parcel says...

Deciding to carry his mates in a car having only just passed his test, wanting to show off to his mates (not to mention being overloaded), crashing said car and killing one of his mates, is not "teenage exuberance"!

Its recklessness, dangerous driving, being in charge of an overloaded vehicle,driving in an unsafe manner, speeding, and not ensuring his passengers (who were seated) were wearing theirs!
Its a "catalog of errors" deliberately made without thinking of the consequences!
Which tragically ended in death!

Does he deserve the privilege of driving on the road!

I don't think so!
Deciding to carry his mates in a car having only just passed his test, wanting to show off to his mates (not to mention being overloaded), crashing said car and killing one of his mates, is not "teenage exuberance"! Its recklessness, dangerous driving, being in charge of an overloaded vehicle,driving in an unsafe manner, speeding, and not ensuring his passengers (who were seated) were wearing theirs! Its a "catalog of errors" deliberately made without thinking of the consequences! Which tragically ended in death! Does he deserve the privilege of driving on the road! I don't think so! parcel
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4:02pm Mon 1 Oct 12

carmadman says...

Life for a life . Glad to see justice was done. My daughter knows these boys and i would hate to be in these parents shoes right now. He killed someone and should serve the time.
Life for a life . Glad to see justice was done. My daughter knows these boys and i would hate to be in these parents shoes right now. He killed someone and should serve the time. carmadman
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4:18pm Mon 1 Oct 12

carmadman says...

parcel wrote:
Deciding to carry his mates in a car having only just passed his test, wanting to show off to his mates (not to mention being overloaded), crashing said car and killing one of his mates, is not "teenage exuberance"!

Its recklessness, dangerous driving, being in charge of an overloaded vehicle,driving in an unsafe manner, speeding, and not ensuring his passengers (who were seated) were wearing theirs!
Its a "catalog of errors" deliberately made without thinking of the consequences!
Which tragically ended in death!

Does he deserve the privilege of driving on the road!

I don't think so!
someone has their head screwed on the right way.
[quote][p][bold]parcel[/bold] wrote: Deciding to carry his mates in a car having only just passed his test, wanting to show off to his mates (not to mention being overloaded), crashing said car and killing one of his mates, is not "teenage exuberance"! Its recklessness, dangerous driving, being in charge of an overloaded vehicle,driving in an unsafe manner, speeding, and not ensuring his passengers (who were seated) were wearing theirs! Its a "catalog of errors" deliberately made without thinking of the consequences! Which tragically ended in death! Does he deserve the privilege of driving on the road! I don't think so![/p][/quote]someone has their head screwed on the right way. carmadman
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4:32pm Mon 1 Oct 12

KWILLIAMS27 says...

Well said Djones i agree with what you have said. Personally i do not agree with his sentence. He should have got less.. as he is paying for this all his life....RIP MORGAN
Well said Djones i agree with what you have said. Personally i do not agree with his sentence. He should have got less.. as he is paying for this all his life....RIP MORGAN KWILLIAMS27
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6:00pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Strider says...

parcel wrote:
Deciding to carry his mates in a car having only just passed his test, wanting to show off to his mates (not to mention being overloaded), crashing said car and killing one of his mates, is not "teenage exuberance"!

Its recklessness, dangerous driving, being in charge of an overloaded vehicle,driving in an unsafe manner, speeding, and not ensuring his passengers (who were seated) were wearing theirs!
Its a "catalog of errors" deliberately made without thinking of the consequences!
Which tragically ended in death!

Does he deserve the privilege of driving on the road!

I don't think so!
Parcel well said Sir..

Little Queen I find your comments quite offensive as I have a few friends who are 21 and don't drive like complete stains!! Its the braindeads with go faster strips, knackered exhausts and car ariel's bigger then the Effil Tower trying to re-inact the fast & the Furious like your friend who are in the minority

And most of these kids have their cars/petrol paid by their parents(as they don't want them in the house annoying them when they watch TV) and when Mommy and daddy's Money runs dry onto Credit cards.. We knew a kid who racked up £20000 on Credit cards spent on petrol and car modding..

I'd be interested in what the parents of the boy he killed think about him?
[quote][p][bold]parcel[/bold] wrote: Deciding to carry his mates in a car having only just passed his test, wanting to show off to his mates (not to mention being overloaded), crashing said car and killing one of his mates, is not "teenage exuberance"! Its recklessness, dangerous driving, being in charge of an overloaded vehicle,driving in an unsafe manner, speeding, and not ensuring his passengers (who were seated) were wearing theirs! Its a "catalog of errors" deliberately made without thinking of the consequences! Which tragically ended in death! Does he deserve the privilege of driving on the road! I don't think so![/p][/quote]Parcel well said Sir.. Little Queen I find your comments quite offensive as I have a few friends who are 21 and don't drive like complete stains!! Its the braindeads with go faster strips, knackered exhausts and car ariel's bigger then the Effil Tower trying to re-inact the fast & the Furious like your friend who are in the minority And most of these kids have their cars/petrol paid by their parents(as they don't want them in the house annoying them when they watch TV) and when Mommy and daddy's Money runs dry onto Credit cards.. We knew a kid who racked up £20000 on Credit cards spent on petrol and car modding.. I'd be interested in what the parents of the boy he killed think about him? Strider
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6:12pm Mon 1 Oct 12

carmadman says...

Strider wrote:
parcel wrote:
Deciding to carry his mates in a car having only just passed his test, wanting to show off to his mates (not to mention being overloaded), crashing said car and killing one of his mates, is not "teenage exuberance"!

Its recklessness, dangerous driving, being in charge of an overloaded vehicle,driving in an unsafe manner, speeding, and not ensuring his passengers (who were seated) were wearing theirs!
Its a "catalog of errors" deliberately made without thinking of the consequences!
Which tragically ended in death!

Does he deserve the privilege of driving on the road!

I don't think so!
Parcel well said Sir..

Little Queen I find your comments quite offensive as I have a few friends who are 21 and don't drive like complete stains!! Its the braindeads with go faster strips, knackered exhausts and car ariel's bigger then the Effil Tower trying to re-inact the fast & the Furious like your friend who are in the minority

And most of these kids have their cars/petrol paid by their parents(as they don't want them in the house annoying them when they watch TV) and when Mommy and daddy's Money runs dry onto Credit cards.. We knew a kid who racked up £20000 on Credit cards spent on petrol and car modding..

I'd be interested in what the parents of the boy he killed think about him?
Hear hear !! As a young driver there was no way i could afford to own a car at such a young age. The point being missed by some above who feel its ok to defend is this. Quite simply.
1.... he was speeding
2.... he had been told by the police to slow down and drive properly
3.... he was the legal driver in charge of the car
4.... he didnt make sure his passengers were buckled up
5.... he overloaded the car
6.... HE KILLED someone.

It is a miracle he hasnt got a whopping sentence. If it were me he would never be allowed to drive again. He made a choice to break the law and he should pay. It doesnt matter that he was "young" or that he has to live with this for the rest of his life.If you do the crime ,serve the time. Stupid boy,infact all of them were stupid for breaking so many laws in one night and a friend got killed as a result.
[quote][p][bold]Strider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]parcel[/bold] wrote: Deciding to carry his mates in a car having only just passed his test, wanting to show off to his mates (not to mention being overloaded), crashing said car and killing one of his mates, is not "teenage exuberance"! Its recklessness, dangerous driving, being in charge of an overloaded vehicle,driving in an unsafe manner, speeding, and not ensuring his passengers (who were seated) were wearing theirs! Its a "catalog of errors" deliberately made without thinking of the consequences! Which tragically ended in death! Does he deserve the privilege of driving on the road! I don't think so![/p][/quote]Parcel well said Sir.. Little Queen I find your comments quite offensive as I have a few friends who are 21 and don't drive like complete stains!! Its the braindeads with go faster strips, knackered exhausts and car ariel's bigger then the Effil Tower trying to re-inact the fast & the Furious like your friend who are in the minority And most of these kids have their cars/petrol paid by their parents(as they don't want them in the house annoying them when they watch TV) and when Mommy and daddy's Money runs dry onto Credit cards.. We knew a kid who racked up £20000 on Credit cards spent on petrol and car modding.. I'd be interested in what the parents of the boy he killed think about him?[/p][/quote]Hear hear !! As a young driver there was no way i could afford to own a car at such a young age. The point being missed by some above who feel its ok to defend is this. Quite simply. 1.... he was speeding 2.... he had been told by the police to slow down and drive properly 3.... he was the legal driver in charge of the car 4.... he didnt make sure his passengers were buckled up 5.... he overloaded the car 6.... HE KILLED someone. It is a miracle he hasnt got a whopping sentence. If it were me he would never be allowed to drive again. He made a choice to break the law and he should pay. It doesnt matter that he was "young" or that he has to live with this for the rest of his life.If you do the crime ,serve the time. Stupid boy,infact all of them were stupid for breaking so many laws in one night and a friend got killed as a result. carmadman
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9:43pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Limestonecowboy says...

This illustrates the reponsibilities on a driver & tragic consequences of poor judgement.
This illustrates the reponsibilities on a driver & tragic consequences of poor judgement. Limestonecowboy
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2:12pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Sevans84 says...

Don't know any of them but at least he was working and learning to better himself at least it is better than being on the dole and taking taxpayers money like most of the teenagers these days yes what he done was very wrong and he will have to live with the guilt of killing his friend but when you have been you have just passed your test everything should still be fresh in his mind about the law on the road do anyone else thinking the diving age should be put up to maybe something like 21 at least they might be a bit more aware of what they are doing
Don't know any of them but at least he was working and learning to better himself at least it is better than being on the dole and taking taxpayers money like most of the teenagers these days yes what he done was very wrong and he will have to live with the guilt of killing his friend but when you have been you have just passed your test everything should still be fresh in his mind about the law on the road do anyone else thinking the diving age should be put up to maybe something like 21 at least they might be a bit more aware of what they are doing Sevans84
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2:53pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Gareth says...

It's all been said really.

Family/friends will obviously defend the lad's character and argue that he's living his own life sentence. That's totally understandable.

People not involved in the case care little for character and more the bare facts. Their position too is totally understandable.

I guess our views on most things are dictated by how much we are involved directly.
It's all been said really. Family/friends will obviously defend the lad's character and argue that he's living his own life sentence. That's totally understandable. People not involved in the case care little for character and more the bare facts. Their position too is totally understandable. I guess our views on most things are dictated by how much we are involved directly. Gareth
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