Young Chorley driver killed two teenage girls, court heard

VICTIM: Tia Guye

VICTIM: Jade Pickering

First published in Chorley Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A YOUNG driver killed two teenage girls by ignoring warning signs and illegally turning right at a dangerous road junction, a court heard.

Jordan Clayton, aged 20, was taking three friends bowling at Middlebrook, Horwich, when he turned into the path of an oncoming coach on the A6 Blackrod bypass, near Station Road.

The 35-seater Mercedes bus, which was heading in the opposite direction towards Adlington, smashed into the side of Clayton’s car, sending it spinning across the carriageway.

Two of Clayton’s passengers, Jade Pickering and Tia Guye, both 16, were killed in the crash. The third passenger, Laurie Graham, now 18, suffered minor injuries.

Yesterday Miss Graham tearfully told Bolton Crown Court how she and her friends had been singing and dancing before the horrific accident.

She said: “We were just driving and it was just like a bang. I didn’t see what hit the car.”

The court was told that witnesses saw Clayton indicating to turn right while waiting at the junction’s traffic lights, despite numerous signs saying the move was prohibited.

Clayton gave a statement to police saying he had been intending to go straight ahead but then, after the traffic lights turned green, saw the dazzling bright lights of a vehicle coming towards him and he tried to move out of the way.

Geoff Whelan, prosecuting, said Clayton’s account was false and that he had turned right deliberately. He said: “The prosecution say that his culpability is greater than simple careless driving.

"The manoeuvre that the defendant performed was dangerous. It would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous.

“He turned right at a junction clearly marked as a no right turn.”

The court also heard that Clayton may have used his mobile before the accident.

The accident happened on September 13, 2009, when Clayton was 18. He had been driving for about three months.

Clayton, from Chorley, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

The trial continues.

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