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Boy, 15, charged over Leeds crash deaths

A teenager has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after three children and two men died when a stolen car ploughed into a tree.

The 15-year-old will appear at Leeds Youth Court on charges of causing the death of five people, who were killed when the Renault Clio they were travelling in hit a tree on Saturday night – in scenes described by police as ‘complete carnage’.

Brothers Ellis and Elliott Thornton, aged 12 and 14, died along with 15-year-old Darnell Harte and 24-year-old Robbie Meerun. 

Father-of-two Anthoney Armour, 28, also died.

The 15-year-old will appear at Leeds Youth Court on charges of causing the death of five people, who were killed when the Renault Clio they were travelling in hit a tree. Pictured, the mother of one of the victims being comforted at the scene

Brothers Ellis, 12, and Elliott Kimmitt, 14, were two of the five people killed in a car accident on Stonegate Road in Leeds

Brothers Ellis, 12, and Elliott Kimmitt, 14, were two of the five people killed in a car accident on Stonegate Road in Leeds

24-year-old Robbie Meerun died

Darnell Harte, 15, (left) and 24-year-old Robbie Meerun (right), also died when the car ploughed into a tree

West Yorkshire Police said the suspect would appear at Leeds Magistrates’ Court this morning, charged with five counts of causing death by dangerous driving.  

Police believe six people were in the black Renault Clio when it crashed in Stonegate Road in the Meanwood area of Leeds shortly before 10pm.

The car had been stolen in the Headingley area of Leeds at 6.30pm the same evening.

On Monday, Detective Chief Inspector Jim Griffiths told reporters that emergency services had been confronted by ‘a scene of total carnage’ when they arrived.

Relatives of the dead brothers were among a succession of people who have visited the growing shrine of flowers, balloons, candles and messages at the crash scene.

The 15-year-old was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries after the crash. 

A second 15-year-old, who is understood not to have been in the car, was arrested in the area but later released under investigation. 

Two of the victims died at the scene and three died later in hospital. 

In a heart wrenching post, Ebony Thornton said her brothers Ellis and Elliott were ‘her world.’ 

Anthoney Armour, 28, was killed in the stolen car. Mr Armour was a father of two whose partner was expecting another baby in three weeks

Anthoney Armour, 28, was killed in the stolen car. Mr Armour was a father of two whose partner was expecting another baby in three weeks

Officers arriving on the scene the following morning described scenes of 'total carnage'

Officers arriving on the scene the following morning described scenes of ‘total carnage’

In a heart wrenching post, Ebony Thornton said her brothers Ellis and Elliott (pictured) were 'her world' 

In a heart wrenching post, Ebony Thornton said her brothers Ellis and Elliott (pictured) were ‘her world’ 

On Monday morning, the mother of one of the victims (pictured) arrived at the scene and spent some time just standing next to the tree, looking at the scene  

On Monday morning, the mother of one of the victims (pictured) arrived at the scene and spent some time just standing next to the tree, looking at the scene  

On Sunday evening members of the community gathered at the scene to pay tribute to the victims

On Sunday evening members of the community gathered at the scene to pay tribute to the victims

She added: ‘I wish I told you I love you everyday, I wish I didn’t shout, argue and fight with you. I don’t think I am ever going to get over the fact you have gone.’ 

She also revealed how her mother had given birth to a stillborn son at just 16 weeks in September – meaning she has lost three sons in just over two months. 

Another resident said her husband had gone out and seen the remains of the car and described it as ‘a lump of metal that was not recognisable as a car’.

'Cheeky chappy' Elliott Kimmitt, 14, was described as 'so loving towards his family'

‘Cheeky chappy’ Elliott Kimmitt, 14, was described as ‘so loving towards his family’

Anthoney Armour's partner Sarah Louise Priestley paid an emotional tribute to him, describing him as 'my world and more'. He was a father-of-two whose partner was expecting another child in three weeks

Anthoney Armour’s partner Sarah Louise Priestley paid an emotional tribute to him, describing him as ‘my world and more’. He was a father-of-two whose partner was expecting another child in three weeks

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Griffiths said: ‘When I arrived here in the early hours of Sunday morning this was a catastrophic scene.

‘All the witnesses, all the police officers, all the emergency services that were here would have seen, absolutely, a scene of total carnage.

‘It would have been a horrendous situation for anyone.’ 

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