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New Longton man denies causing death of Preston schoolboy

Posted on - 26th September, 2017 - 12:11pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, News, Penwortham
Dylan Crossey who died after the collision in Chainhouse Lane Pic: Google
Dylan Crossey who died after the collision in Chainhouse Lane Pic: Google

The driver of a BMW which was involved in the fatal collision which killed Preston schoolboy Dylan Crossey has denied he was driving dangerously.

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David Harwood, 42, pleaded not guilty to the charge of causing death by dangerous driving at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday morning.

Dylan, 15, was riding his bike along Chain House Lane in Whitestake when he was struck by the BWM, which was travelling in the same direction at around 11pm on October 7 last year.

The All Hallows Catholic High School pupil suffered serious injuries and was taken to Manchester Children’s Hospital where he died the following day.

The Recorder of Preston Judge Mark Brown said: “This is an extremely sad and tragic case. Dylan was only 15.”

Harwood, dressed in a black suit and striped tie, spoke only to confirm his name and enter the single plea of not guilty.

The public gallery was packed with members of Dylan’s family and friends, many of whom shook their heads as Harwood entered his plea.

Harwood, of The Close, New Longton, will now stand trial on March 19 2018 at Preston Crown Court.

Dylan was a keen footballer who had played more than 100 games for St Teresa’s Football Club. He was in Year 11 studying for his GCSEs.

After his death, his family released a statement, saying: “Dylan was a much loved son and brother who loved nothing more than living life to its fullest.

“He was a gentleman and was growing into a fine young man.

“Dylan was taken from us suddenly and without warning.

“He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.”

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