Samuel Etherington denies the manslaughter of Gosport teenagers Jasmine Allsop and Olivia Lewry

Samuel Etherington
Samuel Etherington
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A MAN has denied manslaughter over the deaths of two teenagers following a crash in Gosport.

Samuel Etherington, 20, was charged following the deaths of Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16.

He pleaded not guilty to two counts of manslaughter during a short hearing at Winchester Crown Court.

Unemployed sports coach Etherington, of Stoners Close, Gosport, was driving a green Honda Civic that collided with Jasmine and Olivia in Ann’s Hill Road, Gosport.

Jasmine, who lived just yards from where the crash happened at about 4.15am on November 3, died at the scene.

Her mum Rosemary has told how she kissed Jasmine goodbye as she lay dead in the road.

Jasmine’s best friend Olivia was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham where she later died.

Etherington, who was unhurt, was arrested and later charged.

More than 100 teenagers attended a music festival held at Brune Park Community School in Gosport in memory of Olivia and Jasmine in December.

Friends of the girls and Jasmine’s brother Reece performed raps and others sang at the event, which raised money to help pay for the girls’ funerals.

Etherington was remanded in custody to reappear at Winchester Crown Court on February 27.