County Durham teenager charged with causing death of girl, 18, in horror crash

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Georgia Duncan died after a crash in Pity Me in August 2021. Picture: Durham Police
Georgia Duncan died after a crash in Pity Me in August 2021. Picture: Durham Police

A teenager has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following the tragic death of an 18-year-old girl.

Georgia Duncan, of Tantobie, near Stanley, was a rear seat passenger in a silver Ford Fiesta when it collided with a wall on Potterhouse Lane in Pity Me, Durham, on Saturday, August 28 last year.

Emergency services tried to save Georgia, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Northern Echo: Georgia Duncan died after the crash in Pity Me in August 2021
The Northern Echo: Georgia Duncan died after the crash in Pity Me in August 2021

Georgia Duncan died after the crash in Pity Me in August 2021

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The driver, who was 18 at the time, and two passengers, an 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl, were all taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Georgia’s family said she was ‘a much-loved daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and friend who will be greatly missed’.

Craig Graham, now 19, of Welford Road, Consett, has been charged in relation to the incident and is due before Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on October 11.

Details of the charges emerged at a mention hearing during inquest proceedings into Georgia’s death.

They cannot go ahead until the criminal inquiry has been completed and the inquest has been suspended pending the legal action.

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Senior Coroner for County Durham and Darlington Jeremy Chipperfield said: “I must suspend investigation if a prosecuting authority requests me to suspend the investigation on the grounds there may be a homicide offence and that includes death by dangerous driving so I am bound to accede to that request.”

Proceedings in the coroner’s court have been suspended until October 20.

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