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Lyndhurst crash: Driver in court over crash deaths

Lily Butterfield-Godwin (left) and Abbey Rogers Image copyright Friend handout
Image caption Lily Butterfield-Godwin (left) and Abbey Rogers were passengers in the car when it hit a wall

A driver accused of killing two teenage passengers in a crash in the New Forest while he was under the influence of drink and drugs has appeared in court.

Lily Butterfield-Godwin and Abbey Rogers, both 19, from Lyndhurst, died on 13 December.

James Battrick, 21, from Cadnam, has been charged with causing death by driving without due care while unfit through drugs and alcohol.

He appeared at Southampton Magistrates' Court earlier.

Mr Battrick was released on bail and is due to appear at Bournemouth Crown Court on 18 May to face two counts of causing death by careless driving while unfit through drugs.

He has also been charged with two counts of causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed limit of alcohol and one count of cannabis possession.

Lily Butterfield-Godwin and Abbey Rogers died after the car Mr Battrick was driving hit a wall.

Mr Battrick and a third passenger were also treated in hospital at the time.

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