Teenage driver released on bail

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A TEENAGER who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has had his bail extended.

During the early hours of February 13, 14-year-old Annie Cochran died when a car in which she was a passenger smashed into a tree on School Lane, Haigh.

The driver, an 18-year-old male, escaped the collision without injury.

He was arrested shortly after the incident, interviewed and later released on bail until March 12.

He has been interviewed again by police and released on bail pending further inquiries until May 21.

Annie, who attended Rivington and Blackrod High School, was a front-seat passenger of the Rover 25 when it hit a tree. She suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Three rear seat passengers suffered minor injuries.

Annie was described by her dad, Andrew, as a much-loved daughter and a bubbly teenager who enjoyed life.

He said: “She enjoyed her hobbies, dancing, jetskiing and shopping with her friends.

“She was looking forward to going to Barcelona with school and seeing her idol Justin Bieber in concert.”

Headteacher Tony Purcell said she was a popular schoolgirl whose death was a tragic loss to the school community.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “An 18-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been interviewed again and released on bail pending further inquiries until May 21.”

Witnesses to the collision should call traffic police on 0161 856 7201.