Halifax man appears before judge over Queensbury fatal crash

The aftermath of the road traffic collision in Priestley Hill, Queensbury. Picture by Josh Blinman
The aftermath of the road traffic collision in Priestley Hill, Queensbury. Picture by Josh Blinman

A teenage driver is due to stand trial in August over a serious road accident which resulted in the death of one of his passengers.

Kallum McCarter, 20, died in hospital about five weeks after a Mini Cooper being driven by Halifax teenager Zachary Willemse collided with a Toyota Hiace on the A647 in the early hours of Easter Monday last year.

Willemse, 19, of Gibb Lane, Mount Tabor, was injured in the collision on Priestley Hill along with a 17-year-old female passenger and a 38-year-old man who had been in the Toyota.

The defendant, who made his first appearance before a judge at Bradford Crown Court this morning (Tuesday), has been charged with causing the death of Mr McCarter, of Bradford, by dangerous driving and further offences of causing serious injury to his female passenger and Matloob Hussain by dangerous driving.

During a 10-minute preliminary hearing before Judge Neil Davey QC a timetable was set down for the progress of the case and it was initially intended that the next hearing, at which Willemse will be asked to plead guilty or not guilty to the allegations, should take place on April 21.

But after it was pointed out that the date coincided with the first anniversary of the collision it was decided to put the hearing back to May 1.

Although Willemse has not yet entered his pleas to the charges a provisional trial date has been fixed for August 17 with the case expected to last about four days.

Judge Davey formally extended Willemse’s unconditional bail at the end of the preliminary hearing.