BMW driver admits causing death of ‘lifelong friends’ in horror car crash

BMW driver admits causing death of ‘lifelong friends’ in horror car crash

Ellie Crossley (left) and Rebecca Doughty, both 20, died after doing some Christmas shopping (Picture: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

A BMW driver admitted killing two ‘lifelong friends’ in a car crash while they were on their way home from Christmas shopping.

Ellie Crossley and Rebecca Doughty, both 20, died in a silver Citreon which collided with the blue BMW in November 2021, while travelling home to Flintshire, North Wales.

Benjamin Lewis, 30, was charged with the collision and previously entered guilty pleas at Chester Crown Court in October 2023 to death by careless driving.

At the time of the incident he was removed from the car and taken to hospital with serious injuries.

He denied charges of death by dangerous driving but the prosecution did not accept this and a five-day trial was listed for September 23.

During a pre-trial review hearing Lewis changed his pleas to guilty to the more serious charge of death by dangerous driving and the case was adjourned for reports to be prepared.

A tribute from the girls’ families said: ‘Ellie Crossley, from Holywell, and Rebecca Doughty, of Connah’s Quay, were lifelong friends.

‘The girls, both aged 20, were travelling home from a Christmas shopping trip when they were tragically involved in a fatal road traffic collision.

The family of the two girls issued a tribute in their memory (Picture: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

‘Both families, and their friends, have been left truly devastated by this tragic event and will sadly miss them.

‘Close friends for their short lives, they will be in our hearts forever.’

Lewis will be sentenced on April 29 and has been handed unconditional bail until that date.

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