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15-year-old boy admits causing deaths of five people in Leeds car crash

The youth was driving a stolen Renault Clio with the five victims as passengers when he crashed.

Floral tributes near the scene of the car crash in Leeds
Floral tributes near the scene of the car crash in Leeds
Image: Peter Byrne via PA Images

A 15-YEAR-OLD has pleaded guilty to five charges of causing the deaths of five people, including three children, in a car crash in Leeds, England.

The teenager, who cannot be named, appeared at Leeds Crown Court today via video-link where he pleaded guilty.

The incident happened in the Meanwood area of Leeds on 25 November.

The youth was driving a stolen Renault Clio with the five victims as passengers.

He lost control whilst driving the car at high speed. The car ploughed into a tree and all five passengers were killed.

The victims included a 12-year-old boy, two 15-year-old boys, a 24-year-old man and a 28-year-old. Two were pronounced dead at the scene and three died a short time later at hospital.

David Holderness from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “This was a truly shocking crime in which five young people lost their lives.

“The defendant acted in a supremely dangerous way, driving erratically and at great speed in a residential area.

Tragically, his victims paid the price of the driver’s utter irresponsibility with their lives.

“Our thoughts remain with their families and friends, and I hope the driver’s admission of guilt today is of some comfort to them in their grief.”

Read: Three children and two men killed as stolen car crashes into tree in Leeds

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