Man in court over car crash that killed Lucy Duggan

A young driver has appeared in the dock at Newcatle Magistrates’ Court yesterday over the crash that killed teenager Lucy Duggan

The scene of the fatal car accident where Lucy Duggan lost her life
The scene of the fatal car accident where Lucy Duggan lost her life

A young driver has appeared in court over a crash that killed a teenage girl.

Martin Adrian Li was in the dock at Newcatle Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The 21-year-old was charged with eight driving offences, including death by dangerous driving, four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, making a false statement to obtain insurance and two counts of dangerous driving.

The charges came after 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, Northumberland, at about 7pm on Sunday.

The crash killed 18-year-old Lucy Duggan, from Wall, Northumberland, as she travelled as a rear seat passenger in the Ford Focus car Li was alleged to have been driving.

A front seat passenger another female passenger in the rear of the car were also injured in the collision.

Sheila Miller, who is in her 40s, and her daughter Sarah, 16, were in the other Suzuki car and were also seriously injured.

Li, of Ash Row, in Hexham, entered no plea during the short hearing yesterday.

With short, dark, ginger hair and wearing a dark T-shirt, tall and slim Li spoke only to tell the court his name, date of birth and address.

Visibly upset and crying in the dock, he listened as the court heard that the death by dangerous driving charge was indictable only and could only be heard at Newcastle Crown Court.

Kerry Gate, prosecuting, said the remaining seven charges were linked and should also be sent to the crown court.

Sara Clasper, defending, made no applications.

Mrs Gate told magistrates it was the prosecutions’s case that Li had been driving the Ford Focus car on eastbound on the A695 when he straight-lined a corner at speed and went on to the other side of the road, into the path of the Suzuki.

Mrs Gate said: “The more serious charge is the causing death by dangerous driving. That’s indictable only so I would invite you to send all the charges to the crown court.”

The court also heard that the making a false statement to obtain insurance charge involved Li allegedly giving false details to get a lower insurance premium.

No bail application was made and Li, who didn’t appear to have any visible injuries, was remanded in custody to appear at Newcastle Crown Court next month.

Sobbing as he was cuffed and led away from the dock, he turned and shouted “I love you mam” to two women, who were comforting each other, sat in the public gallery.

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