A man accused of killing a teenage passenger and injuring four other people is likely to admit he caused the crash, a court heard.
Martin Li is alleged to have killed Lucy Duggan, 18, in the head-on crash in Dilston, Northumberland, last month.
The 21-year-old was at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday accused of causing death by dangerous driving and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
The charges were not put to Li, who appeared on a videolink from Durham Prison.
However, his barrister, Robin Patton, said he intends to admit causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and making a false statement to obtain insurance. Mr Patton said: “He will plead guilty. The family of the deceased young woman are not here today and they would probably prefer to be here to hear the pleas.”
Li, of Ash Row, Hexham, will be back at court for a plea and case management hearing and sentence in the week of October 21.
A judge told him he faces a lengthy jail term. Judge Jeremy Freedman said: “You drove your Ford Focus so dangerously that somebody was killed travelling in that car, Lucy Duggan, and four other people suffered serious injury.
“You have very properly indicated you are going to be pleading guilty to those offences and you know you face a very substantial prison sentence.
“It is nothing short of a tragic case.”
Li was the alleged driver of one of the two cars involved in a horror head-on smash on the A695 at Dilston, near Hexham.
The crash killed rear seat passenger Lucy, from Wall, Northumberland.
A front seat passenger and another female passenger in the rear of the car were also injured. Sheila Miller, who is in her 40s, and her daughter Sarah, 16, were in the other car, a Suzuki, and were also seriously injured.
Li was further remanded in custody.