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Two teens charged on death crash

One of the cars involved in the crash
The wreckage of one of the cars involved in the crash

Two teenage drivers have been charged with causing the deaths of an elderly couple following a fatal road crash in Flintshire before Christmas.

Ricky Challinor, 19, and David Hirst, 18, are accused of causing the death of Eric Townsend, 85, and his wife Marie, 83, from Ruthin, Denbighshire.

They each face two counts of causing death by dangerous driving amid allegations they were racing.

Both were granted unconditional bail by Flintshire magistrates in Mold.

Mr Townsend, a retired police officer and his wife, a retired nurse, died in the crash on 5 December on the A494 at New Brighton near Mold in Flintshire.

The prosecution allege that Mr Challinor, of Buckley, who was not involved in the impact, drove a Peugeot 206 dangerously and claim he was racing.

Mr Hirst, of Mynydd Isa near Mold, is alleged to have driven a Vauxhall Corsa, which was involved in the impact, dangerously as well.

Magistrates sent the case to the crown court where they will appear on 8 May at a preliminary hearing.

The elderly couple had left their bungalow in Ruthin, in their Ford Focus, en route to visit her sister in Liverpool.



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