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Alexander Worth died in the crash in North Warnborough in August 2016

The driver of a £1.2 million Ferrari that hit a fence post and flipped over killing a 13-year-old passenger has been jailed.

Alexander Worth died after the supercar crashed on a farm lane in North Warnborough, Hampshire, in August 2016.

Matthew Cobden, 39, of Walton-on-Thames in Surrey, was found guilty of causing death by careless driving at Winchester Crown Court earlier this month.

He has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Cobden was also banned from driving for two years and nine months.

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Matthew Cobden suffered a fractured rib and a punctured lung in the crash

Cobden’s trial heard he offered Alexander, from Kings Worthy in Hampshire, a ride in the Ferrari F50 when the teenager visited his car storage business with his mother and her partner.

The court heard Cobden, of Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, had not worn a seatbelt and had not asked Alexander to put one on.

He had said the 12-cylinder vehicle “accelerated uncontrollably” when he put his foot on the accelerator.

Both were thrown from the vehicle as it crashed at about 40 mph.

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Media captionAlexander Worth accepted an offer to ride in the car before he died in the crash

Alexander died from his injuries, while Cobden suffered a fractured rib and a punctured lung in the crash.

The defence had blamed the crash on a pre-existing defect in the Ferrari.

But the prosecution said the car was well-maintained and the crash was caused by driver error.

Alexander’s family said it had not written a victim impact statement because it could not put into words the extent of the grief it felt.

The family previously paid tribute to “our very special boy”.

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Both Alexander and Cobden, neither of whom were wearing seatbelts, were thrown from the vehicle

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