A 15-year-old boy has been charged with causing the deaths of five people when a car crashed into a tree in Leeds.
West Yorkshire Police said the suspect would appear at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday morning, charged with five counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
The victims have been named as Ellis Thornton-Kimmitt, 12, his brother, Elliot Thornton-Kimmitt, 14, Darnell Harte, 15, Robbie Meerun, 24, and Anthony Armour, also 24.
Police believe six people were in the black Renault Clio when it crashed in Stonegate Road in the Meanwood area of Leeds shortly before 10pm.
The car had been stolen in the Headingley area of Leeds at 6.30pm the same evening.
MOST POPULAR STORIES ON YAHOO UK
Hero cabbie saves girl, 13, from clutches of paedophile who was trying to abduct her
New York terror suspect behind attack which killed eight DENIES murder and terrorism
Living bacteria found on outside of Space Station ‘is not from Earth’
The law is an ass: Eight donkeys are JAILED in India for eating plants
Who is Jayda Fransen, the far-right Britain First deputy who Trump just retweeted?
On Monday, Detective Chief Inspector Jim Griffiths told reporters that emergency services had been confronted by “a scene of total carnage” when they arrived.
Relatives of the dead brothers were among a succession of people who have visited the growing shrine of flowers, balloons, candles and messages at the crash scene.
The 15-year-old was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries after the crash.
One man who lives close to the crash site said after the incident: “It was unbelievable. You couldn’t even recognise it as a car. It was just a crumpled mess.”
His wife added: “There were bodies laid about, it was awful. It was as bad as that. We were just sat here and we just heard an almighty crash.”
Floral tributes to those who died have accumulated opposite the tree that was struck in the crash.
One tribute pinned to the flowers read: “Darnell [gone too soon]. It just doesn’t make sense.
“Hope now you’re at some peace. Will remember you for your cheekiness.”