A teenager who killed her cousin in a horror crash has been spared jail after a judge said she made the "greatest apology" by pleading guilty.

Lucy Barnes, 19, walked free as she "accepted criminal responsibility" for the death of her 16-year-old cousin Millie Phillips.

Millie had been sitting in the back seat of black Vauxhall Corsa when she was involved in the devastating crash in 2019.

Barnes pulled out of a road into the path of car travelling at 60mph, when the crash occurred on the A5 in Bugbrooke, Northants., on September 25.

The teenage victim was rushed to University Hospital Coventry, where she was sadly pronounced dead from her injuries the following day.

Barnes pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at Northampton Crown Court

Barnes previously pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and avoided jail as she was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court on Friday.

She was handed a 12 month prison, sentence suspended for one year.

She will also carry out 200 hour of unpaid work and was banned from driving for three years.

Sentencing, Judge Rupert Mayo told her there was "no greater apology" she could make to the victim's family than admitting her wrongdoing in court.

He said: "Nobody should think that any penalty I impose is in anyway a reflection of that life's value, because her life was beyond value... She was such a precious person.

"In any case involving the death of a young person, there's nothing this court can do to bring that person back.

"You have offered the greatest apology you can to the family by accepting criminal responsibility."

The court heard, Barnes, of Bugbrooke, was on her way to a garage in Weedon, Northants., with her cousin and 15-year-old brother William at the time of the crash.

Barnes - who was 18 at the time - incorrectly pulled out onto A5 at the Bugbrooke junction into the path of a red Vauxhall Astra travelling at 60mph.

Millie died despite the efforts of other members of the public to provide first aid at the scene before paramedics arrived and rushed her to hospital.

Millie was rushed to hospital after the crash however died of her injuries the next day

Barnes and William were taken to Northampton General Hospital where they were later discharged.

The driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision suffered fractures to his vertebrae and other bones.

Following her death, Millie family paid tribute in a statement where they called her "the perfect daughter."

They said: "Our Millie was a beautiful, confident, fun-loving young lady who appreciated everything in life.

"At 16 years-old, she lived life to the full, making the most of each and every day and always making memories with lots of trips and holidays.

"She was the perfect daughter and sister who was greatly loved by all - living every day with a smile on her face, she made the most out of her life and was very popular amongst friends.

"Millie had the world at feet and so much potential to do whatever she wanted in life.

"There are no words to describe the pain of losing your child and Millie will forever be in everyone's hearts.

"Her loss has left a massive hole in so many lives."

Detective Constable Ady Tredwell, from Northamptonshire Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said afterwards: "This has been a tragic case and nobody is going to be able to bring back Millie who was just 16 at the time of this awful crash.

"This has been a harrowing year for the families of both the victim and the driver, but I do hope today's verdict will bring some closure for all concerned."