Inquest hearing into death of girls following crash in Blackhall adjourned

An inquest hearing into the death of two girls following a collision on the road between Blackhall Colliery and Horden has been adjourned.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 5:07 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 5:13 pm

Three-year-old Kelsey Marie Mary Maggie Stokes and Shauna Christina Stokes, 17, died following the collision between a blue Peugeot 206 and a van on the A1086 Coast Road on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

The toddler died on the same day as the crash, while Shauna died the next day after being taken to hospital.

The girls, who were related to each other and were from Londonderry in Northern Ireland, had been on their way to a birthday celebration for the teenager and her twin Kelly, with scores of tributes left close to the scene following the tragedy.

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Tributes to the girls were left close to the scene of the collision on the Coast Road between Blackhall Colliery and Horden.

County Durham and Darlington Coroner’s Office has been holding regular pre-inquest hearings into their deaths.

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The latest adjourned the case once more until a further mention on Monday, May 10, at Crook Coroner’s Court, after hearing there had been no further developments.

Previous hearings have been told a decision is awaited from the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to the charge of a woman, who is related to the girls and was driving at the time of the collision.

Coroner Jeremy Chipperfield has told previous hearings he would await further details to help him decide whether a final hearing should be held of if other proceedings would need to go ahead first, putting the inquest on hold.

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