A 28-year-old driver accused of mounting a kerb and killing three teenagers while they walked to a 16th birthday party has today appeared in court.
Jaynesh Chudasama was driving an Audi A5 when he allegedly left the road and collided with the boys in Hayes, west London, on Friday night.
Harry Louis Rice, 16, George Wilkinson, 16, and Josh McGuinness, 17, were pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics fought to save them.
The trio had been making their way to a friend’s 16th birthday party at a local football club.
Jaynesh Chudasama (pictured) was driving an Audi A5 when he allegedly left the road and collided with the boys
Josh McGuinness (pictured) died on Friday night when he was walking to friend’s birthday party
Harry Rice, 16, (left) and George Wilkinson, 16, (right) were also killed when a black Audi ploughed into them
Others with their group escaped unharmed and detained Chudasama following the crash.
Another man, a 34-year-old, was reportedly in the car at the time and later handed himself in to police.
Chudasama appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates Court this morning, charged with three counts of death by dangerous driving.
Wearing a white shirt, Chudasama spoke only to confirm his name and address.
He hung his head throughout the hearing as Gaspard Davies-Jones, prosecuting, said: ‘On Friday 26 January at approximately 8:40pm there was a road traffic collision involving an Audi A5 vehicle.
‘As a result of that road traffic collision, three males who were walking sadly died at the scene from their injuries.
‘This took place on Shepiston Road. The Audi was traveling east and the collision takes place just outside the Esso garage and Cherry Lane cemetery.
Police arrested Jaynesh Chudasama after the Audi (pictured) ploughed into the youngsters who were stood at a bus stop in Hayes, west London
Harry’s devastated mother and sister paid tribute to him on Facebook by changing their profile pictures to photos of the smiling teenager (left and right)
Farnborough FC tweeted this picture of Harry Rice – he had recently been on trial at the club
‘Following the impact the two occupants of the vehicle, the driver and the passenger, subsequently decamped and made off.
‘They ran towards the Esso garage.’ There were five people at the scene.
‘Three died and the other two who were part of the party then chased two people who came from the vehicle.
‘Members of the public realised what is going on because the two males are trying prevent the defendant from making off.
‘The defendant is arrested and conveyed to the police.’
Chudasama was remanded in custody and will next appear at the Old Bailey on February 26.
Tributes were left to Josh McGuinness, pictured next to an Arsenal badge, as he was named locally as one of the crash victims
Relatives and friends have visited the scene to pay their respects and tie flowers to the railings
Police were called to Shepiston Lane in Hayes (pictured) at 8.41pm on Friday night following reports of a road traffic collision. Pictured: The scene of the tragedy yesterday morning
Grief stricken family and friends have been leaving flowers and condolences at the scene following the crash.
George Wilkinson’s grandfather Nigel Goodhand, went to the scene on Sunday.
He said: ‘I’m really cut up. It hurts. George’s mother has lost the plot. I wasn’t going to stop here, but I had to in the end.
‘I’m upset, but I’m pleased I’ve seen him. He will be sorely missed.’
Tony Kitchin, 44, who works as a security guard at a haulage firm nearby, described the road as a ‘death trap’.
‘I’m really surprised we haven’t had more horrific accidents like this,’ he continued.
‘No parent should have to deal with that. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends of the people who lost their lives last night.’
Det Sgt Jane Shaw, from the Met’s serious collision investigation unit, said: ‘These are horrific circumstances that have resulted in three young people losing their lives.’
Chudasama, of Hayes, west London, is charged with three counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
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