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BMW driver admits killing two ‘lifelong friends’ aged 20 in horrific car smash on their way home from Christmas shopping trip

  •  Benjamin Lewis had previously entered guilty pleas to death by careless driving

A BMW driver has admitted to killing two ‘lifelong friends’ by dangerous driving after his car collided with theirs in November 2021. 

Ellie Crossley and Rebecca Doughty, both 20, were travelling back home to Flintshire, North Wales from buying Christmas gifts in a silver Citreon which collided with a blue BMW.

The pair died together but the other driver, Benjamin Lewis, survived. Police later appealed for witnesses and dash cam footage of the collision which closed the road for several hours.

Lewis, 30, previously entered guilty pleas at Chester Crown Court in October 2023 to death by careless driving.

Ellie Crossley (pictured) and Rebecca Doughty, both 20, were travelling back home to Flintshire, North Wales from buying Christmas gifts in a silver Citreon which collided with a blue BMW

Ellie Crossley (pictured) and Rebecca Doughty, both 20, were travelling back home to Flintshire, North Wales from buying Christmas gifts in a silver Citreon which collided with a blue BMW

Lewis, 30, previously entered guilty pleas at Chester Crown Court in October 2023 to death by careless driving. Pictured: Rebecca Doughty

Lewis, 30, previously entered guilty pleas at Chester Crown Court in October 2023 to death by careless driving. Pictured: Rebecca Doughty

At the time, he denied charges of death by dangerous driving and was charged over the fatal collision which happened on the A5117 at Dunkirk, near to the junction with the M56 motorway.

The prosecution had not accepted the defendant’s guilty pleas to the lesser charge and a five-day trial was listed for September 23.

But at a pre-trial review hearing at Chester Crown Court, Lewis, from Neston, Cheshire changed his pleas to guilty to the more serious charge.

The case was adjourned for reports to be prepared.

Lewis is to be sentenced at Chester Crown Court on April 29 before Judge Simon Berkson and was handed unconditional bail until that date.

At the time of the tragedy, Lewis was removed from the car by firefighters and taken to hospital with serious injuries.

But at a pre-trial review hearing at Chester Crown Court, Lewis, from Neston, Cheshire changed his pleas to guilty to the more serious charge. Pictured: Ellie Crossley (left) and Rebecca Doughty (right)

But at a pre-trial review hearing at Chester Crown Court, Lewis, from Neston, Cheshire changed his pleas to guilty to the more serious charge. Pictured: Ellie Crossley (left) and Rebecca Doughty (right)

A tribute from the girls’ families said: ‘Ellie Crossley, from Holywell, and Rebecca Doughty, of Connah’s Quay, were lifelong friends.

‘The girls, both aged 20, were travelling home from a Christmas shopping trip when they were tragically involved in a fatal road traffic collision.

‘Both families, and their friends, have been left truly devastated by this tragic event and will sadly miss them.

‘Close friends for their short lives, they will be in our hearts forever.’

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