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Driver admits causing Anwen Busby and Jai Burkes deaths

A man has admitted causing the deaths of two teenagers who were killed in a road crash in Ceredigion last August.

Anwen Busby, 16, and Jai Burkes, 18, died when the car they were travelling in ended up in a lake near Aberystwyth.

Ashley Robert Williams, 22, admitted causing their deaths by careless or inconsiderate driving at Swansea Crown Court on Friday.

He was banned from driving and granted bail until sentencing on 2 September.

Two other 16-year-old girls who were injured in the crash were cut free from the wreckage of the car, which ended up in 4ft (1.2m) of water.

The crash happened on the A44 between Aberystwyth and Ponterwyd early on 31 August last year.

The Ford Focus that Williams was driving ended up on its roof in 4ft (1.2m) of water after plunging 20ft (6m) down an embankment.

Image caption Anwen Busby, 16, and Jai Burkes, 18, died after the car plunged into a lake

Formal verdicts

Williams, of Llanrhystud, Ceredigion, denied a more serious charge of causing their deaths by driving dangerously and the pleas were accepted by the prosecution.

Judge Paul Thomas entered formal verdicts of not guilty.

John Hipkin, prosecuting, said the decision not to proceed on the deaths by dangerous driving charges had been taken after full consultation with an expert accident investigator.

Judge Thomas said he agreed with the decision.

Ms Busby, of Penparcau, Aberystwyth, had just finished her GCSEs at Penglais Comprehensive School when she died.

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