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Disqualified driver, 28, who killed his cousin, 17, in a hit-and-run is jailed for six years

ByElla E. Kidwell

Feb 6, 2022

Disqualified driver, 28, who mowed down and killed his own cousin, 17, in a 75mph hit-and-run horror crime is jailed for six years

  • Peter Petrie, 28, killed his cousin in a hit-and-run accident in Alvaston, Derbyshire
  • He was jailed for six years on Friday and banned from driving for fifteen years
  • Keely Birks, 17, was thrown 111 meters (364ft) from the impact of the fatal crash










A disqualified driver who ran over and killed his teenage cousin in a 75mph hit and run has been jailed for six years.

Uninsured Peter Petrie, 28, rammed Keely Birks, 17, in Alvaston, Derbyshire last November and then drove off without stopping.

The teenager, whose right leg detached after being thrown 111 meters (364ft) from the impact, died of her injuries in hospital after the incident.

Paying tribute to her ‘funny and loving’ daughter Keely Birks (pictured), her mum said: ‘She had six brothers and a sister, came from a loving family and you took her from us’

Petrie’s abandoned Vauxhall Astra was quickly found by officers just half a mile from the crime scene with damage consistent with a collision.

Officers were called to Harvey Road in Alvaston just before 9pm on November 20.

Petrie was arrested on November 22 and admitted to killing Ms Birks, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance on Tuesday.

He was sentenced to six years in prison at Derby Crown Court on Friday, as well as a 15-year driving ban.

Court heard Petrie jumped a red light and was traveling 75mph (120kph) in a 40mph zone, with Judge Shaun Smith saying Ms Birks ‘didn’t stand a chance’ and was killed’ instantly”.

Ms Birks died in the incident last November.  Derbyshire Police were called to Harvey Road, Alvaston just before 9pm on November 20

Ms Birks died in the incident last November. Derbyshire Police were called to Harvey Road, Alvaston just before 9pm on November 20

Uninsured Peter Petrie, 28, rammed Keely Birks, 17, in Alvaston, Derbyshire last November and then drove off without stopping.

Uninsured Peter Petrie, 28, rammed Keely Birks, 17, in Alvaston, Derbyshire last November and then drove off without stopping.

He said: ‘You were going 75mph within a 40mph limit and you hit Keely Birks with such force that her right leg came off.

“Keely Birks didn’t have a chance, you killed her instantly.

“Have you stopped? No. You made the choice not to, you left and left the car on the streets.

Continuing, John Hallissey said: ‘He must have known he had hit a person and rather than stop he drove off and drove off the streets of the car.

Ms Birks, whose right leg detached after being thrown 111 meters (365ft) from the impact, died of her injuries in hospital following the incident.

Ms Birks, whose right leg detached after being thrown 111 meters (365ft) from the impact, died of her injuries in hospital following the incident.

“He got out of the car and drove off and threw the key into a garden.”

Petrie had 23 prior convictions for 41 offenses and had two concurrent driving bans in effect.

Paying tribute to her ‘funny and loving’ daughter, Lisa Birks said: ‘She had six brothers and a sister, came from a loving family and you took her from us.

“She was a funny, loving and caring girl, loved by everyone.”

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Constable Scott Cooper said: ‘Keely’s family have been devastated by the loss of their young daughter, who had her whole life ahead of her.

“Petrie’s actions that night were beyond reckless and showed complete disregard for another person’s life. Unfortunately, Keely paid the price with her life.

“There is no grief big enough to fill the void Keely’s absence has created in the lives of her family and friends, but I hope today’s sentencing has empowered them to ending what a nightmare has been for a few months.”