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Brockholes Brow death crash driver appears in court

Posted on - 18th May, 2017 - 3:08pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Fishwick, News, St Matthews
Rachel and Shelby who died as a result of the Brockholes Brow crash
Rachel and Shelby who died as a result of the Brockholes Brow crash

A man has appeared in court charged with causing the death of two Preston women in a crash on Brockholes Brow.

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Rachel Marie Murphy, 23, and Shelby Maher, 17, were killed when they were hit by a BMW driven by Mohmed Salma Patel as they crossed the A59, at 6.30pm on April 20 last year.

Patel, of St Michael’s Road, Blackburn, appeared at Preston Magistrates’ Court during Thursday (18 May) charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

Dressed in a grey suit and white shirt, with his collar open, Patel spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth to the court.

Members of Rachel and Shelby’s families wept in the packed public gallery during the 15 minute hearing.

A number of police officers and security staff were present in court for the emotionally charged hearing.

Brockholes Brow was closed off for three and a half hours on Wednesday evening
Brockholes Brow was closed by police when the crash took place

Patel was granted unconditional bail and will appear at Preston Crown Court on June 20.

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As Patel left the dock, the distress of Rachel and Shelby’s families was clearly visible.

District judge David Scanlan addressed the public gallery, saying: “This has been highly emotional for everybody. Can I thank you all for your behaviour.”

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