Driver pleads guilty to causing death of two passengers and seriously injuring three others in horror crash in East Ardsley

A man has been told to expect a lengthy prison sentence after pleading guilty to causing the death of two of his passengers in a horrific car crash in Leeds.

By Tony Gardner
Thursday, 1st July 2021, 4:45 am

Timothy Cawley also admitted causing serious injury to three other men who were travelling in his car at the time of the tragedy on Bradford Road, East Ardsley.

Matthew Wilson, 26, from Holbeck, and Ian Broadhurst, 34, from Morley, were both pronounced dead at the scene of the collision on the A650 Bradford Road, on June 26, 2019.

They had been passengers in a black Volkswagen Golf driven by Cawley when it was involved in a collision with a black Ford Focus and a silver Mercedes C220, near to the junction with Woodhouse Lane, shortly before 6.45am.

Ian Broadhurst (left) and Matthew Wilson was killed in fatal crash on Bradford Road, East Ardsley.

Cawley, 35, of Westerton Road, Tingley, appeared before Leeds Crown Court yesterday (June 30) where he pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Cawley also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine.

Sentencing was adjourned until July 30 for medical reports and to allow time to prepare victim statements.

Judge David Dixon remanded Cawley into custody until the sentencing hearing and told the defendant to expect a lengthy term of imprisonment.

Ian Broadhurst.

Relatives of the victims sat in the public gallery for the plea hearing.

After the indecent two years ago, friends, family and members of the public left tributes to the victims near to the scene.

More than 20 bunches of flowers with heartfelt messages were placed nearby.

One tribute read: "To our darling Matty,

Matthew Wilson

"Not a single moment goes by you're not loved, thought of or mentioned and not a single moment will go by from here on.

"I cannot put into words how lost we are and just want to hug and hold you and tell you we bloody love you and are hurting knowing you are asleep.

"We love you so much, all our love our darling."

Another tribute read: "To my beautiful husband, RIP.

"Nothing gonna change my love for you, to death do us part, I never want to ever forget you, my rock, my soul mate, I always love you."

"Sleep well my angel."

A tribute attached to some flowers read : "So going to miss you.

"Great lad, love you bro."