Motorist admits killing two people in Romford pile-up

·1-min read
Eileen Haskell (MPS)
Eileen Haskell (MPS)

A driver is facing jail after admitting killing two people in an eight-vehicle pile-up.

Paul Ballard, 39, was behind the wheel of a VW Golf when he crashed into the back of the car of 64-year-old Eileen Haskell as she waited at traffic lights.

The second victim, Richard Trezise, 48, was struck and killed by Ms Haskell’s out of control car as he stood at a nearby bus stop.

Ballard appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink from HMP Belmarsh this afternoon to plead guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

The tragic crash happened on February 20 last year, in Squirrels Heath Road, Romford, Essex.

An inquest opening in March last year heard that eight cars were involved, with seven people being taken to hospital for treatment.

The hearing was told Ms Haskell “was in her car, stationary at traffic lights when her vehicle was hit at speed from the rear.

"Her car spun out, hit a bus stop and came to rest in a garden."

Mr Trezise was “standing at a bus stop when he was struck by a car and he died at the scene.”

Both victims died from multiple injuries.

Ballard denied further charges of causing death while uninsured, and prosecutor Edward Franklin told the court he was content for the case to move to sentencing.

“There’s a proper insurance policy in place”, said Rhys Rosser, representing Ballard, who said a basis of the guilty pleas will be submitted to the court.

Judge Richard Marks QC, the Common Serjeant of London, adjourned the case until sentencing on August 11.

Ballard, from Theydon Bois in Essex, will remain in custody until the sentencing hearing.

Read More

Man admits killing two people by dangerous driving

Parents of stab victims call for end to knife scourge sweeping London

Dani Dyer’s lover Sammy Kimmence sobs as he is jailed for 3.5 years

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting