Crash driver charged with manslaughter over teenagers’ deaths

INVESTIGATION Police on the scene in Ann's Hill Road, Gosport.'''' Picture: Simon Czapp/Solent News & Photo Agency

INVESTIGATION Police on the scene in Ann's Hill Road, Gosport.'''' Picture: Simon Czapp/Solent News & Photo Agency

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A MAN has been charged with two counts of manslaughter following the deaths of two teenagers in Gosport on Sunday.

Police have charged Samuel Etherington, aged 20, of Gosport, with two counts of manslaughter after the fatal road collision in Ann’s Hill Road, which killed Jasmine Allsop, 14, and best friend Olivia Lewry, 16.

He will remain in custody at a police station in Hampshire until today when he is due to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates Court.

Police were called to Ann’s Hill Road in Gosport , where Jasmine Allsop lived, at 4.15am on Sunday after a green Honda Civic car had collided with two teenage girls.

Jasmine Allsop died at the scene of the collision. Olivia Lewry was taken to hospital where she died later.

Ian Harris, head of the Crown Prosecution Service’s Complex Casework Unit in Wessex said: ‘I have today authorised Hampshire Constabulary to charge Samuel Etherington, 20, with two offences of gross negligence manslaughter following an investigation into the death of Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16, after the car he was driving collided with them in Ann’s Hill Road in Gosport in the early hours of Sunday, November 3 2013. I have reached my decision after carefully considering all the available evidence provided to me by Hampshire Constabulary.

‘I am satisfied, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to prosecute Samuel Etherington for these offences.

‘Jasmine and Olivia have died in tragic circumstances and I would like to extend my very deepest sympathies to their families and friends.

I would like to remind everyone that nothing should be published either in the press or social media that could prejudice the trial of Mr Etherington.’

Anyone with information can contact the Hampshire Major Investigation Team at Fratton Police Station by phoning 101 and quoting Operation Barb.

Information can also be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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