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Wednesday, 22 August, 2001, 10:02 GMT 11:02 UK
Brother of crash victim remanded
Wreckage of car
The wreckage of the car is under examination
Magistrates have remanded in custody a 19-year-old man charged with causing death by dangerous driving following an accident in Cardiff, which killed his younger sister.

Brian Sparkes, 19, appeared before Cardiff magistrates and is due to appear before Cardiff crown court on 4 September.

His 16-year-old sister Suzanne, who is from the Ely area of the city, was in a Ford Fiesta XR2 when it collided with a parked car and hit a tree while being pursued by a police patrol car on Sunday.

Suzanne was cut from the wreckage and taken to the University Hospital of Wales but later died.

Mr Sparkes was arrested in connection with the incident on Tuesday and questioned by CID officers at Fairwater in Cardiff.


The police vehicle was pulling in and a young lad started running off

Kenneth Linsey
Witness

Sparkes, of Heol Muston, Ely faces another six motoring charges relating to incident on 19 August, which will be dealt with by magistrates at a later date.

A family spokeswoman, who wished to remain anonymous, said the girl's parents were "broken-hearted" after hearing of their daughter's death.

"They're gutted," she said. "She was a lovely, bubbly girl. They're broken-hearted."

Scores of floral tributes were left by the crash site throughout Monday afternoon.

Former neighbour Sherrie Dudley, 38, said Suzanne had been a "wonderful, lovely girl".

'Terrible' scene

Kenneth Linsey, 53, who lives on Grand Avenue, said he heard the collision as he was sitting in his living room.

"I heard a rumbling coming down the avenue. All of a sudden I heard some sort of impact.

Floral tributes
Flowers are left near the spot where the teenager died
"I went to the window and the first I saw was somebody lying out of the car window."

Mr Linsey said the crash scene was terrible.

"It wasn't a pretty sight. There was a man screaming. There seemed to be people coming out of everywhere from the houses nearby."

Police investigation

The Police Complaints Authority have announced they will launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

It is believed Ms Sparkes was in the back of the car with another 16-year-old girl who is stable in hospital.

Suzanne Sparkes
Suzanne Sparkes was one of four in the car
A 22-year-old man cut from the front passenger seat was also taken to hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The pursuit of the white Ford Fiesta began when the driver of the car failed to stop after he was signalled to by police.

And when the car drove off, officers followed in their patrol car.

A South Wales Police spokesman said they were following at a safe distance of 400 yards when the Fiesta span out of control on the brow of a hill.

The vehicle then disappeared from view and shortly after the driver lost control and the vehicle collided with a tree.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident.

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"Brian Sparkes looked upset in court"
See also:

10 Jul 01 | UK
Rise in police chase deaths
10 Jul 01 | Wales
Probe into police chase tragedy
09 Feb 01 | Northern Ireland
Police injured during chase
09 Dec 00 | Wales
Suspect killed in police chase
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