Boy, 15, charged over deaths of five people in '˜catastrophic' car crash

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with causing the deaths of five people when a car crashed into a tree in Leeds.

Wednesday, 29th November 2017, 10:47 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 11:35 am

Three children and two men, who were all travelling in the same car, were killed in the “catastrophic” crash in a suburban street on Saturday night.

West Yorkshire Police said the suspect would appear at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday morning, charged with five counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

The victims have been named as Ellis Thornton-Kimmitt, 12, his brother, Elliot Thornton-Kimmitt, 14, Darnell Harte, 15, Robbie Meerun, 24, and Anthony Armour, also 24.

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Superintendent Matt Davison (left) and Detective Chief Inspector Jim Griffiths of West Yorkshire Police speak to the media at the scene of a car crash in Stonegate Road, Leeds, that claimed the lives of five people, including three children
Superintendent Matt Davison (left) and Detective Chief Inspector Jim Griffiths of West Yorkshire Police speak to the media at the scene of a car crash in Stonegate Road, Leeds, that claimed the lives of five people, including three children

Police believe six people were in the black Renault Clio when it crashed in Stonegate Road in the Meanwood area of Leeds shortly before 10pm.

The car had been stolen in the Headingley area of Leeds at 6.30pm the same evening.

On Monday, Detective Chief Inspector Jim Griffiths told reporters that emergency services had been confronted by “a scene of total carnage” when they arrived.

Relatives of the dead brothers were among a succession of people who have visited the growing shrine of flowers, balloons, candles and messages at the crash scene.

File photo dated 27/11/17 of police conducting a search at the scene of a car crash in Stonegate Road, Leeds, that claimed the lives of five people, including three children

The 15-year-old was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries after the crash.

Superintendent Matt Davison (left) and Detective Chief Inspector Jim Griffiths of West Yorkshire Police speak to the media at the scene of a car crash in Stonegate Road, Leeds, that claimed the lives of five people, including three children
File photo dated 27/11/17 of police conducting a search at the scene of a car crash in Stonegate Road, Leeds, that claimed the lives of five people, including three children