Inquest of girls who died after Blackhall collision put on hold due to court case

The inquest of two girls who died following a crash has been put on hold while a court case is heard.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 5:37 pm

Three-year-old Kelsey Stokes died following the collision on the A1086 Coast Road between Blackhall Colliery and Horden on Wednesday, September 2, last year.

Their inquest is being handled by the HM Coroner for County Durham and Darlington, with the latest hearing held today, Monday, May 10.

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Scores of tributes were left to the girls following their tragic death in a collision between Blackhall Colliery and Horden last September.

Senior Coroner Jeremy Chipperfield listed it for a further mention on Monday, July 5, at 11.30am, at Redhills in Durham.

It follows a request from the Crown Prosecution Service for it to be suspended.

The 23-year-old appeared before Peterlee Magistrates’ Court last month, where the bench sent the case to be heard by Durham Crown Court due to the serious nature of the charges.

She was released her on unconditional bail until this Friday, May 14, when appear at the crown court.

She faces two allegations of causing death by dangerous driving in relation to the girls and four further allegations of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

It is understood the girls, who were related and from Derry in Northern Ireland, had been on their way to a birthday celebration, with their joint funeral held in the city.

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