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Driver accused of causing deaths
Fatal crash victims
From left: Anne Martin, her daughter Ashley and Ross Sneddon
A 23-year-old man has been charged with causing the deaths of a woman and two children in a road accident.

Dean Paul Martin was remanded in custody charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Anne Martin, 39, her daughter Ashley, eight, and five-year-old Ross Sneddon, died after the incident on Sunday in Minto Crescent, Glenrothes, Fife.

Mr Martin was also accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, while disqualified and failing to stop after the crash.

It has been further alleged that Mr Martin - who was not related to the victims - was driving without insurance.

It's dreadful and my heart goes out to the families involved
The accused, of Carfrae Drive, Glenrothes, Fife, appeared in private at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court and made no plea, a Crown Office spokeswoman said.

Ross's mother Michelle, 29 and another child suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The families, who both lived in Minto Crescent, had been returning home from a dance class when a car mounted the pavement and collided with them.

An elderly neighbour said there was a feeling of "disbelief" among residents at the "dreadful" event.

She added: "Ashley only celebrated her eighth birthday weeks ago and was friends with my great granddaughter.

"It happened at the end of our road. It's dreadful and my heart goes out to the families involved."

The dead children were pupils at Southwood Primary School.

BBC Scotland's Alan Grant
"It seems no-one has been left untouched by this tragedy"


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