Man Admits Killing Three in Boxing Day Crash

25 January 2016, 11:35 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Boxing Day Crash

A 24-year-old man has admitted causing the deaths by dangerous driving of three people who were killed on Boxing Day when a car ploughed into a group of pedestrians.

Andrew Tomlinson, 48, and his wife Faye Tomlinson, 54, died following a collision in the Askern area of Doncaster along with Mandy Deere, 54.

Mrs Deere's husband, John Deere, 57, was left critically ill in hospital.

Ricky Hepworth, 24, of Newmarche Drive in Askern, appeared by video link at Sheffield Crown Court and admitted three counts of causing death by dangerous driving, court officials confirmed.

He was remanded in custody by Judge Paul Watson QC and will be sentenced at the same court on April 11.

Hepworth was the driver of a blue Volvo S60 that hit the four pedestrians on Sutton Road on December 26.

The families of those who died have previously said how their lives have been changed forever.

In a statement released earlier this month, they said: "We would like to sincerely thank the community of Askern, and Doncaster, for their continued generosity with fund raising towards funeral costs for Andrew, Fay and Mandy.

"We are extremely humbled by the number of people who have donated, laid flowers, and attended the recent memorial to support our family and offer their condolences.

"Boxing Day's tragic events have devastated our family, changing our lives forever, leaving behind nine children, 19 grandchildren, parents, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, who are completely heartbroken. There is now a huge hole in our family which will never be repaired.

"Everyone's thoughts and prayers for John's recovery are very much appreciated, and we kindly ask that our privacy continues to be respected throughout this devastating time."