Young driver facing years in jail after killing three people in Shotton Colliery crash

A Durham Police appeal sign at the scene of a RTA at Front Street Shotton
A Durham Police appeal sign at the scene of a RTA at Front Street Shotton

A 23-YEAR-OLD driver is facing years in prison after admitting killing three people in a road smash.

Jak Parker overtook a Fiat 500 at speed in Front Street, Shotton Colliery, while driving his MG ZR car.

The Fiat subsequently collided with a Citroen Xsara.

Two people in the Fiat, driver Rebecca Learoyd and passenger Megan Robinson, both 19 and both from Thornley, died from their injuries. Also killed was the driver of the Citroen, Anne Peachey, 60, a helpdesk worker at County Hall, in Durham City, who lived in Sherburn Hill.

Parker, formerly of Wingate, now of Crimdon Terrace, Blackhall Colliery, admitted three charges of causing death by dangerous driving during a plea hearing at Teesside Crown Court.

The fatal accident happened at about 6pm on June 23, last year.

Parker admitted a separate charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving on June 8 last year.

Judge Peter Armstrong ordered a pre-sentence report and bailed Parker on condition he observes an electronically-monitored 9pm to 9am curfew.

Judge Armstrong said: “You must realise you are facing a substantial sentence.”

Parker was disqualified from driving for a time to be decided when he is sentenced. The sentencing hearing will be on a date to be fixed.