Killer driver faces ‘substantial’ prison term

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A 23-YEAR-OLD driver is facing years in prison after admitting killing three people in a road accident.

Jak Parker overtook a Fiat 500 at speed in Front Street, Shotton Colliery, while driving his MG ZR car.

The Fiat subsequently collided with a Citroen Xsara.

Two people in the Fiat, driver Rebecca Learoyd and passenger Megan Robinson, both 19 and both from Thornley, died from their injuries.

Also killed was the driver of the Citroen, Anne Peachey, 60, a helpdesk worker at County Hall in Durham City who lived in Kell Crescent, Sherburn Hill.

Parker, formerly of Wingate, now of Crimdon Terrace, Blackhall Colliery, admitted three charges of causing death by dangerous driving during a plea hearing at Teesside Crown Court.

The fatal accident happened at about 6pm on June 23, last year.

Parker admitted a separate charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving on June 8, last year.

He was driving the same car when a pedestrian suffered a leg injury as she used a crossing in Wheatley Hill.

Stephen Constantine, for Parker, said: “Mr Parker realises he is facing a long sentence, but the court would be assisted by a pre-sentence report. He has been on bail up to now, and I am instructed to apply for bail again.”

Judge Peter Armstrong ordered the report and bailed Parker on condition he observe an electronically monitored 9pm to 9am curfew.

Judge Armstrong told him: “You must realise you are facing a substantial sentence. You should use the time on bail to put your affairs in order.”

Parker was disqualified from driving for a time to be decided when he is sentenced

The sentencing hearing will be on a date to be fixed.