Sunderland pensioner in court after children badly hurt in horror smash

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A SUNDERLAND pensioner has appeared in court charged with dangerous driving following a crash which left two children fighting for their lives.

Margaret Lowery, 79, of Sandford Court in the city, appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court to face the charge relating to the head-on smash last September.

No plea was entered and Mark Brookes, defending Lowrey, opted for a crown court trial.

Brother and sister, Jack and Sophie Handyside, were airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle following the crash in Staindrop, County Durham, on September 29 and both spent time in the intensive care unit.

Medics feared Jack, 10, who had a bleed on his brain, might never walk again and eight-year-old Sophie suffered a fractured skull and broken wrist.

The children were with their dad, Darren, 45, who suffered abdominal injuries.