A 27-YEAR-OLD motorist who was accused of racing with another driver before a fatal crash in Huddersfield has been cleared of causing death by dangerous driving.
But Jason Allen was found guilty on a related charge and was warned he could be facing jail.
Allen was accused of racing with his friend Leigh Sedgwick in their high-performance cars before Mr Sedgwick's Subaru Impreza crashed close to the Asda roundabout on Bradford Road.
Allen, of Central Avenue, Fartown, had always denied that he was racing Mr Sedgwick in his souped-up Volkswagen Golf Gti.
He maintained throughout his four-day trial that he had not seen the crash.
But the defendant was found guilty of dangerous driving and will be sentence by Judge Roger Scott in the New Year.
Adjourning the case for pre-sentence reports, Judge Scott warned Allen that all options including custody would be open.
He was released on bail with the condition that he lives and sleeps at his home address.
Judge Scott also imposed an interim driving ban.
The trial had been told that the two men came across each other early on July 16 on Bradford Road.
The jury were told that Mr Sedgwick overtook the accused at speed and in interviews with police Allen admitted that they were having "a bit of fun".
The pair were later caught on CCTV driving at speed shortly before the crash.
The jury were told that Mr Sedgwick could have been doing almost 100mph before he clipped the curb on a left-hand bend.
His Subaru was sent into a spin and crash into a lamp-post.
Mr Sedgwick was pronounced dead at the scene.
Although his three passengers escaped with their lives they each refused to give statements to the police.
Allen had always maintained that he was in front of the Subaru and did not realise that it had crashed.
He said the first time he heard about it was later that day when he was told by a friend.
He told the jury that he was not a boy racer and had found the death of his friend difficult to come to terms with.