St Helens lorry driver will face crown court over hen party crash death

Kevin Ollerhead

Bethany Jones

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THIS is the St helens lorry driver who appeared in court charged with causing death by dangerous driving in connection with the M62 hen party crash that killed teenager Bethany Jones.

Kevin Ollerhead, 44, of Lincoln Crescent, Haresfinch, faced a packed courtroom during a five-minute hearing at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court.

He appeared in court along with James Johnson, 63, of Whytecote End, Wyke, who faces the same charge.

Beth, 18, of South Elmsall, Wakefield, died when the minibus she was travelling in and a lorry were involved in a collision on the M62 at junction 32 at Pontefract, Yorkshire.

The bus was taking a group of 21 women to Liverpool for a hen party. Twelve other people, including the bride-to-be Stefanie Firth and Mr Johnson, were injured.

Ollerhead was the driver of the lorry and Johnson was the driver of the minibus .

Deputy District Judge Philip Jones adjourned the case for a preliminary hearing at Leeds Crown Court on February 3.

Both were granted unconditional bail.

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