Two drivers charged after road death

TRAGIC Matthew Bailey
TRAGIC Matthew Bailey
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REGIONAL: Five-year-old boy crossing road dies in crash

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TWO people are accused of causing death by dangerous driving after a man died following a crash.

Russell Bennett and Claire Johnson have been charged after a five-month investigation into the smash that led to Matthew Bailey’s death.

The 22-year-old was walking home from a night out with friends when he was hit by a Mini allegedly driven by 24-year-old Johnson as he crossed Park Road in Landport, Portsmouth.

The Mini was travelling behind a Ford Focus allegedly driven by Bennett, also aged 24, when the crash happened at about 2.15am on November 21 last year.

Police say no-one else was travelling in either car.

Mr Bailey, who was born and brought up in Gosport, was taken by ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham where he later died.

Police arrested Johnson, from Rosemary Gardens, Whiteley, at the scene of the crash.

Bennett, from Brock Close, Rubery, Birmingham, was later arrested.

Both were released on bail pending further inquiries.

Now police have charged them both with causing death by dangerous driving.

Bennett is also charged with driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence

Speaking after Mr Bailey’s death his sister, Kirsty, described him as someone who made people smile as soon as he walked into a room.

Johnson and Bennett have both been released on bail.

They are due to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.