Trial date for drivers charged over M62 crash that killed hen party teenager

Bethany Jones.
Bethany Jones.
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A PROVISIONAL trial date has been set for two men accused of causing death by dangerous driving following the M62 hen party mini bus crash that killed teenager Bethany Jones.

James Johnson, 63, of Whytecote End, Wyke, Bradford, and Kevin Ollerhead, 44, of Lincoln Crescent, St Helens, Merseyside, appeaerd before Leeds Crown Court today (Feb 3) for a preliminary hearing.

Trainee nurse Bethany, 18, of South Elmsall, died when the minibus heading for Liverpool was involved in a collision with a lorry on the M62 at junction 32 near Pontefract on April 26 last year.

Johnson has been charged with causing Bethany’s death by driving a Mercedes Vario mini coach dangerously on the M62 at Castleford on April 26 2013. Ollerhead has been charged with causing Bethany’s death by driving a Daf articulated goods vehicle dangerously. No pleas were entered by either defendant.

The case was adjourned until May 2 when a plea and case management will be held. A provisional trial date has been set for October 13 this year.

Both men were granted unconditional bail until the next hearing.

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