Boy, 15, charged with death by dangerous driving in 'catastrophic' Leeds car crash that killed five people

The teenager has been charged with causing the deaths of five people in the car crash (Facebook)

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with causing the deaths of five people when a car crashed into a tree in Leeds.

The teenager was charged after three children and two men, who were all travelling in the same car, were killed in the “catastrophic” crash in a suburban street on Saturday night.

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.

Police conducted a search at the scene of the car crash in Stonegate Road, Leeds, that claimed the lives of five people (PA)
The teenager is charged with causing death by dangerous driving (Rex)

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.

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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.

Flowers and tributes have been left at the scene of the fatal crash (SWNS)

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.”

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