Man charged with causing death of three women in East Durham car crash

Flowers being left at the scene

Flowers being left at the scene

A MAN has been charged with causing the death of three women in a car crash.

A 23-year-old man from Wingate will appear in court early next month charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a crash in Shotton Colliery’s Front Street last summer.

Rebecca Learoyd, 18, Megan Robinson, 19 and Anne Peachey, 60, were killed after the collision, which happened on Sunday, June 23 last year.

Rebecca, of Shinwell Crescent, Thornley, and Megan, of Passfield Square, also Thornley, were travelling in a white Fiat 500 which collided with a yellow Citroen Xsara being driven by Mrs Peachey, of Sherburn Hill.

Rebecca and Mrs Peachey both died at the scene.

Megan was the front seat passenger in the Fiat 500 and died from her injuries two days later at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

The driver of a third car involved in the crash, a grey MG ZR, was arrested at the time and was bailed pending further inquiries.

But police have confirmed that the man, who was 22 at the time of the crash, has now been charged. He will appear at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on the morning of Thursday, April 3.

Mrs Peachey’s daughter Joanne and granddaughter, Adele were injured in the crash but discharged from hospital.


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