South East Wales

Stuart and Fraser Bates: Man guilty of Llantrisant death crash

Stuart Bates and Fraser Bates Image copyright South Wales Police

A 22-year-old has admitted causing a crash which killed a father and his young son.

Stuart Bates, 43, and Fraser, seven, died after being hit by a car in Talbot Green, Rhondda Cynon Taff, in December.

Joshua Staples, from Tonyrefail, admitted two counts of causing death by careless driving at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday.

He was released on bail and will be sentenced on 8 July.

The father and son were crossing the A4119 at about 00:30 GMT on 6 December when they were hit by a car.

Mr Bates was taken to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Fraser was taken to Bristol Children's Hospital but also died from the head injuries he suffered.

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Image caption Joshua Staples arriving at Cardiff Crown Court

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