Leeds & West Yorkshire

M62 hen party crash: James Johnson and Kevin Ollerhead in court

Bethany Jones Image copyright West Yorkshire Police
Image caption Bethany Jones, 18, died at the scene of the crash

Two men have appeared in court over the death of an 18-year-old woman in a crash on the M62 in West Yorkshire.

Bethany Jones was on her way to a hen party with 20 women when the minibus they were travelling in collided with a lorry in April.

Kevin Ollerhead, of Lincoln Crescent, St Helens, and James Johnson, of Whytecote End, Bradford, faced causing death by dangerous driving charges.

They entered no plea and were bailed at Wakefield Magistrates' Court.

Mr Johnson, 62, had been driving the minibus and Mr Ollerhead, 44, was driving the lorry when they collided on the M62 at junction 32, near Pontefract, on 26 April.

The pair are due to appear at a hearing at Leeds Crown Court on 3 February.

Miss Jones, a trainee nurse from South Elmsall, near Wakefield, was on her way to Liverpool when the minibus overturned.

Twelve others were injured in the crash, including Miss Jones' sister and mother, and bride-to-be Stefanie Firth.

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