Two brothers have appeared at a court on charges relating to a crash that killed four people and left three seriously injured, including three Muslims.
Elliott Bower, 18, and Declan Bower, 23, were brought before Sheffield Magistrates’ Court this morning, after being charged with multiple offences over Friday night’s collision.
The brothers spoke only to confirm their names, addresses and dates of birth.
The collision involved a VW Golf and a VW Touran people carrier that contained the four people killed and three people injured. The Golf was being pursued by police in the moments leading up to the collision.
Elliott Bower is alleged to have been driving the vehicle at the time of the collision. He is charged with four counts of causing death by dangerous driving, and three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, handling stolen goods and possession of cannabis.
Prosecutor, Mark Hughes, said Declan Bower is believed to have been a rear seat passenger. He has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking, death caused by an accident with aggravated factors, handling stolen goods, two counts of driving while disqualified, two counts of driving without insurance, possession of a bladed article and possession of cannabis.
No plea was entered during the short hearing.
The crash claimed the life of Adnan Ashraf Jarral, 35, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Adnan’s wife, Tareen, 32, was injured during the incident and remains in hospital in a stable condition. Their one-year-old son, Usman Adnan Jarral died in hospital on Friday evening.
Husband and wife Vlasta Dunova, 41, and Miroslav Duna, 50, were both pronounced dead at the scene. Their daughter, Nikola Dunova, 22, was injured and remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Speaking this morning, Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Jude Ashmore, investigating, said: “This incident and the fact that four people have lost their lives is tragic and understandably highly emotive. I would however please urge people to think about the comments they post on social media to enable criminal proceedings to go through the courts unhindered and allow those affected to grieve.”
Of course, this accident is very emotional for the families of those involved, so it’s important that they do get time to grieve. As soon as these families are ready, they could consider trying to find a personal injury lawyer to fight their case for them. There are so many lawyers around that could help them, so it’s crucial that they find a reputable one. If this accident would’ve happened in America, a lot of people would have considered using this League City injury attorney as they have experience with these sorts of collisions. However, these families will have to make use of the lawyers in their local area. They should be able to get some compensation.
A mandatory referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct following the collision, due to it taking place following a police pursuit. The independent watchdog said there is “no indication” that a police vehicle collided with either vehicle involved in the crash.
Police are continuing to appeal for anyone with dashcam footage to come forward and contact them by calling 101, quoting incident number 741 of November 9, 2018.