Woman charged over death of Hartlepool schoolboy Ethan Owens

Ethan Owens
Ethan Owens

A woman has been charged with causing the death of Hartlepool schoolboy Ethan Owens by careless driving.

The nine-year-old died in hospital in March, eight days after being hit by a car in Marina Way.

Tributes at the scene in Marina Way

Tributes at the scene in Marina Way

Cleveland Police issued a statement today confirming a woman had been charged: "A 26-year- old woman has been summonsed to court for causing death by careless driving after a collision following which a nine-year- old boy died.

"The collision happened on Marina Way in Hartlepool on Monday 27th February.

"The woman will appear at Teesside Magistrates Court at a later date."

Jesmond Gardens Primary School pupil Ethan was the second youngest of seven children and lived in Wharton Terrace with parents Paul Owens and Lisa Cooper and siblings Jordan, Ryan, Lauren, Nicole, Shola and Kyle

Ethan was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough following the collision involving a Range Rover on Monday, February 27, during which he suffered critical head, pelvis and spinal injuries.

Paul and Lisa kept a bedside vigil, but sadly the youngster’s condition never improved.

The nine-year-old fought for eight days but his injuries were too severe to recover from and his parents were left to make the heart-breaking decision to switch off his life support.

Hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects in a funeral service led by Father Graeme Buttery at St Oswald’s Church.

A message on a floral tribute from his mum and dad read: "We are heartbroken to have to say goodnight. You gave us nine years of happiness and as your mum and dad we are the proudest ever. Forever in our thoughts, hearts, dreams and memories. We love you all the world and back. Fly high baby. Love you always mam and dad."

Ethan arrived in a white horse drawn carriage before he was carried in to the sound of Ed Sheeran’s Castles on the Hill.

People wore his favourite colour blue as headteacher of Jesmond Gardens Jane Loomes, paid tribute: "Ethan would always try and push the boundaries to try and get the attention of adults in the school, but that is one of the reasons why we loved him so much.

"He had a cheeky grin and sparkly eyes and a knack of making us laugh whatever the situation.

"At school, Ethan enjoyed history and writing stories and he said he would be a history teacher when he grew up, that’s if his first job as a firefighter didn’t work out.

"He had an amazing giggle. Ethan was a caring child, who loved sport and our charity work at school.

"He was vibrant, inquisitive and very caring. He will always be remembered fondly by those whose lives he has enriched for knowing him, even if it was for a short while."