No criminal charges will be brought after crash killed five members of a Chester-le-Street family

Tributes to the Cockburn family from County Durham where 5 members of the same family were killed in a car crash.

Tributes to the Cockburn family from County Durham where 5 members of the same family were killed in a car crash.

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No criminal charges will be brought in connection with a crash which killed five members of the same family police have said.

Three generations of the Cockburn family, form Ouston, near Chester-le-Street, were killed in a head-on collision with a lorry on Humberside on April 12, 2013.

David Cockburn 48, his wife Angela, 49, their daughters Bethany, 18, and Carley Ann, 21, all died, along with Bethany’s 23-month daughter Lacie Stephenson.

Now Humberside Police, who have been investigating the horrific smash on the A18 near Grimsby, have confirmed that the CPS will not be pursuing charges.

Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Baldwin said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has considered the circumstances of the collision on the A18 in North Lincolnshire in April, 2013, in which five members of the same family tragically died.

“A decision has now been made and no criminal charges will be brought in connection with the incident.

“The family and the coroner have been notified accordingly.”

The Cockburn family’s Nissan Primera had collided with a light good vehicle. Three of them died at the scene, while two succumbed to their injuries in hospital. The lorry driver suffered minor injuries only.

Bethany and Carley Ann were both keen dancers and the family had been on their way to a dance competition in Skegness when the tragedy happened. Little Lacie’s dad, soldier Gerry Stephenson, was serving in Afghanistan at the time.

An inquest into the deaths has previously been opened and adjourned by a coroner, and a date has yet to be set for a further hearing.