A driver who knocked down a popular teenager in a hit and run has been jailed for 30 months.
Michael McInnes struck Robbie Dickie as he walked home from a surprise party thrown by friends to celebrate him startimg university.
Robbie, 17, had texted his father just hours before tragedy struck in September last year to say what an amazing time he had been having.
Aircraft technician McInnes returned to the dock this week after previously pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.
Lady Stacey told the 21-year-old that she accepted he came from a good background, but that his driving that night had been “irresponsible”.
First offender McInnes blew a kiss to family and friends as he was lead handcuffed to the cells to start his sentence.
The court was told the death has had a devastating impact on his Robbie’s dad.
Robbie’s mum Helen passed away just four years before her son.
Donald Findlay QC, defending, said McInnes had been “deeply affected” by what happened.
Mr Findlay also said: “He is afraid of prison and concerned about his future.
“He is concerned how his life is going to be affected by two or three seconds on a road in Ayr.
“He has that life however – Robbie Dickie, of course, does not.
“The word tragic is bandied about far too much, but this is a case that has much tragedy in it.”
Lady Stacey said the jail term would have been three years, but for the guilty plea.
The judge added she accepted McInnes realised the enormity of his actions.
But, she went on: “You were irresponsible for the way you drove that night.
“A car can be lethal unless it is properly controlled.”
As well as the jail sentence, McInnes, of Glenpark Place, Ayr, was banned from driving for the next five years.