BREAKING NEWS: Lorry driver denies causing death of Bethany Jones in M62 hen party crash

Kevin Ollerhead.
Kevin Ollerhead.
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A lorry driver has denied causing the death of teenager Bethany Jones in a crash on the M62 near Pontefract.

Kevin Ollerhead, 44, and James Johnson, 63, faced charges of causing death by dangerous driving at Leeds Crown Court today.

James Johnson.

James Johnson.

Miss Jones, 18, of Bradley Carr Terrace, South Elmsall, died when the minibus she was travelling in and a lorry were involved in a collision on the M62 at junction 32, near Castleford, on April 26, 2013.

The trainee nurse was one of 21 women travelling from her home town to Liverpool for a hen party.

In total, 20 women were injured, including bride-to-be Stefanie Firth and Miss Jones’ mum Diane and sister Amy.

Ollerhead, of Lincoln Crescent, St Helens, Merseyside, who was driving the articulated lorry, pleaded not guilty to causing the death of Miss Jones by dangerous driving.

Minibus driver Johnson, of Whytecote End, Wyke, Bradford, entered no pleas and his case was adjourned to a later date.

A provisional trial date has been set for October 13.