Man in court after girl killed in crash.A YOUNG man alleged to have been driving the car in which a teenage girl died has been charged with driving while almost three times over the legal drink/drive limit.
Relatives of Pamela Urwin, 18, were in the public gallery at Consett Magistrates Court yesterday to see Christopher Wheeler, 20, in the dock accused of causing her death by dangerous driving In English criminal law, the offence of causing death by dangerous driving is currently defined by the Road Traffic Act 1991 but, following Adomako (1995) 1 AC 171, the offence of motor manslaughter may now be the preferred charge. and of drink-driving.
Pamela was the front-seat passenger in a Ford Fiesta The Ford Fiesta is a mid-class supermini car designed and built by the Ford Motor Company in Europe, and also manufactured in Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, China, India and South Africa. which ploughed through a fence and smashed into the wall of a semi-detached home in High Pittington, near Durham, at about 2.30am on Sunday, February 1. The car came to rest on its roof. Pamela, who lived with parents Darren and Tracy and brothers Jamie and Matthew in Cooper Square Cooper Square is a junction of streets in Manhattan, New York City. It is at the confluence of the neighborhoods of The Bowery, the East Village and the Lower East Side. It is fed directly from the south by Bowery at East Fourth Street which becomes Third Avenue after Saint Mark's , Gilesgate, Durham, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Wheeler, of Goodyear Crescent, Sherburn Road, Durham, is alleged to have consumed so much alcohol that he had 97 milligrammes in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 35.
He entered no pleas and Janet Coxon, prosecuting, said the charge of causing death by dangerous driving was so serious that it needed to be heard at Crown Court.
Wheeler, who was accompanied by his father, was granted unconditional bail to appear before Durham Crown Court next Wednesday. Pamela was a former pupil of Durham Gilesgate Sports College Sports Colleges were introduced as part of the Specialist Schools Programme in the United Kingdom. The system enables secondary schools to specialise in certain fields, in this case, PE, sports and dance. and Sixth Form Centre, who then worked at Peter's the bakers, in New Elvet, Durham.
At her funeral at Carrville Methodist Church on the outskirts of Durham on February 17 the minister, Rev Alison Wilkinson, spoke of a "lively, fun lover who loved to be glamorous."