A driver has admitted killing three teenage boys he hit at more than 70mph as they walked to a birthday party.
Jaynesh Chudasama, who had been drinking, lost control of his car while trying to overtake another vehicle, prosecutors told the Old Bailey.
Harry Rice, 17, and 16-year-olds George Wilkinson and Josh McGuinness, died after he hit them on their way to a football centre in Hayes, west London.
Chudasama, 28, admitted three counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
The defendant, from Hayes, is due to be sentenced on 9 March.
Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC said it was estimated Chudasama was more than two-and-a-half times the legal drink-drive limit at the time of the crash after he mounted the pavement on Shepiston Lane, on 26 January.
“In the course of over-taking another vehicle, the defendant… lost control of his car,” Mr Aylett said.
“The vehicle struck and fatally injured three boys who were walking along the pavement.”
The victims, who have been described as “incredible” and popular by their friends and families, were among a group of friends walking towards the Goals five-a-side football club for the 16th birthday party.
They were all pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, at about 20:40 GMT.
An accident investigator established Chudasama, a car rental firm employee, had been driving the Audi at 71mph on a road with a 60mph speed limit, the court heard.
Judge Wendy Joseph said speed limits “were not figures to be aimed at”.
The victims were old school friends at Harefield Academy in Uxbridge, the court heard.
George had gone on to become an apprentice electrician, Josh was a labourer and Harry a semi-professional footballer.
Judge Joseph said five other children’s lives had been put at risk when Chudasama lost control of the car.
Mr Aylett said funerals for two of the boys had yet to take place.