Teenager in court over Elise’s road crash death

Elise Kelly
Elise Kelly

A TEENAGER has been accused of killing a Wigan schoolgirl in a road smash.

The 17-year-old from Ince, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Wigan and Leigh magistrates this week charged with causing Elise Kelly’s death by dangerous driving.

Flowers at the scene of the crash

Flowers at the scene of the crash

The Rose Bridge High School pupil was fatally injured when a BMW 323i crashed into a bollard and garden wall on Warrington Road, Ince, at 3.30am on Saturday, March 6.

Elise, 16, was a passenger in the car and it is alleged that the boy was at the wheel at the time.

Justices refused an application for bail and the boy was remanded in custody at youth detention accommodation pending his first appearance before a Liverpool Crown Court judge on Tuesday.

Death by dangerous driving can these days carry a sentence of more than 14 years’ imprisonment. A 37-year-old man has previously appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court accused of aiding and abetting death by dangerous driving.

Alan Shinton, of Nelson Drive, Ince, pleaded not guilty to the charge and was remanded in custody. He too makes his first appearance at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday.

After the crash police said that another young woman escaped with minor injuries from the wrecked vehicle and a third passenger left the area before the emergency services arrived.

Floral tributes have since been left at the scene by grieving friends and relatives.

An inquest into Elise’s death opened at Bolton Coroner’s Court earlier this week, but was then adjourned indefinitely pending the police investigation and court proceedings.

Anyone with information about the incident is still asked to contact police on 0161 856 4741 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.