Batley driver on M62 death charge

Bethany Jones.
Bethany Jones.
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Two men have appeared in court charged with causing the death of of teenager Bethany Jones. on the M62.

James Johnson, 63, who worked for Batley coach firm Prestige 2000, and Kevin Ollerhead, 44, faced charges of causing death by dangerous driving at Wakefield and Pontefract Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

James Johnson, left, and Kevin Ollerhead.

James Johnson, left, and Kevin Ollerhead.

Beth, 18, of Bradley Carr Terrace, South Elmsall, died when the minibus she was travelling in and a lorry were involved in a collision on the M62 at junction 32, near Castleford, on April 26, 2013.

The trainee nurse had been travelling to Liverpool for a hen party. In total, 20 women were injured, including bride-to-be Stefanie Firth and Miss Jones’ mum Diane and sister Amy.

Johnson, of Whytecote End, Wyke, was driving the Mercedes Vario minibus and Ollerhead, of Lincoln Crescent, St Helens, Merseyside, was driving the Daf articulated lorry.

The two men spoke only to confirm their name and personal details and no pleas were entered. Deputy district judge Philip Holden told the men that the case could only be dealt with at crown court and granted both defendants unconditional bail.

Johnson and Ollerhead were told they must appear before Leeds Crown Court on Monday, February 3.