Boy, 15, in court over death crash in Newbold

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A 15-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving following a crash in Newbold which killed a Rugby teenager.

The boy appeared at Warwickshire Youth Court at Nuneaton Magistrates Court on Friday last week (April 5), along with a 13-year-old boy who also pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the crash which killed Oliver Hawker on April 3.

The two defendants, who both live in Rugby, can’t be named for legal reasons.

At the hearing the 15 year old pleaded guilty to a burglary in Lime Tree Avenue where vehicle keys and a laptop were stolen, causing the death of Oliver Hawker by driving dangerously in Parkfield Road, driving dangerously in Bilton Road, driving without a licence and insurance, failing to stop after causing injury to Oliver Hawker, failing to stop after an accident in Bilton Road which caused damage to a Jaguar and aggravated vehicle taking.

He was remanded in custody and is due at Warwick Crown Court for sentence on April 19.

The 13 year old pleaded guilty to a burglary in Lime Tree Avenue and aggravated vehicle taking.

He was bailed with conditions to live at local authority accommodation and will appear at Nuneaton Youth Court on May 1.

On Wednesday the office of HM Coroner at the Warwickshire Justice Centre said that an inquest had been opened and adjourned into the death of Oliver Hawker from Rugby who died following a road traffic collision in Rugby on April 3.

Oliver, 17, died during the crash when a van lost control and collided with a lamppost just after 4.30pm.

Warwickshire Police said Oliver was thrown out of the van. Emergency services attempted to save him but he was declared dead at the scene.

A third teenager, aged 19, who was initially questioned by police has been released from custody with no further action to be taken against him.

Dozens of floral tributes have been left to Oliver in Parkfield Road where he died.