A LORRY driver has been jailed for killing a teenager in a head-on collision earlier this month.

Stoyan Andonov Stoyanov, 56, was on the wrong side of the road when he hit a Renault Clio driven by Callum Wark, 19, on the A1246 near the Selby Fork junction on March 1.  He was also more than twice the British drink drive limit.

Today, at York Crown Court, he was jailed for seven years and eight months.

Sergeant Andy Fraser of North Yorkshire Police, said the thoughts of him and his colleagues remained with Callum’s family.

He said: “No sentence can ever compensate for the loss of Callum, but we hope the outcome brings some small measure of comfort to Callum’s family knowing that Stoyanov has been held responsible for his death. By pleading guilty, he has spared Callum’s family the trauma of a court hearing."

Stoyanov, of Maritza, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving. He was banned from driving in this country for ten years and ordered to take an extended driving test.  He will be deported at the end of his sentence.

Stoyanov told police he drove for a “very long period" in the right-hand carriageway, York magistrates heard earlier this month. Mr Wark was in the correct lane.

A drink drive test showed Stoyanov had 170 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.  The UK legal limit is 80.

He was driving a white Bulgarian registered Mercedes Actros 1844 lorry towards Fairburn shortly after 2pm. As he approached the junction with the A63, he hit Mr Wark’s Clio.