Manchester City youth academy player Courtney Meppen-Walter charged with causing deaths of siblings in car crash

By Dean Wilkins

A young Manchester City footballer has been charged with causing the deaths of a brother and sister in a car crash.

Courtney Meppen-Walter, 18, of Middleton Road, Blackley, was charged with two counts of casing death by careless of inconsiderate driving and will appear before Manchester Magistrates’ Court on February 7.

The youth academy player’s Mercedes crashed into a red Nissan Micra on Bury New Road at around 10.15pm on September 1 2012.

Emergency services attempted to save siblings Kulwant Singh, 32, of Salford, and Ravel Kaur, 37, of Cheetham Hill, however they tragically lost their lives.

Mrs Kaur’s sons, aged 16 and 17, were in the back of the car and were taken to hospital, they are now making a good recovery.

Police Sergeant Danny Byrne, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This has been a very complicated and sensitive investigation and we have liaised closely with the Crown Prosecution Service throughout our inquiries.

“As a result, the Crown Prosecution Service have now authorised two charges of causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving.  

“I know there has been a lot of speculation and media interest in this incident, but it is now more important than ever that we do not speculate about what happened.  This case, and the facts, will be heard before a court and it is important we respect the integrity of that legal process.”

A 19-year-old man who was driving a grey Volkswagen Golf at the time of the collision and was arrested, was later released without charge and will face no further action.

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