Manchester City player charged following death of brother and sister

Manchester City youth player Courtney Meppen-Walter has been charged following the death of a brother and sister in Cheetham Hill.

Bury-born Meppen-Walter, aged 18, of Middleton Road, Blackley, Manchester has been charged with two counts of causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving. He will appear before Manchester Magistrates' Court on Thursday February 7.

Police were called to Bury New Road at its junction with Sherborne Street following reports a silver Mercedes and a red Nissan Micra had collided at about 10.15pm on Saturday September 1 2012.

Officers attended and the driver of the Micra, a 32-year-old man, and the front seat passenger, a 37-year-old woman, were pronounced dead at the scene.

They were later identified as Kulwant Singh, of Salford, and his sister Ravel Kaur of Cheetham Hill. In the back of the Micra were Ravel Kaur's two sons, who are 16 and 17-years-old, both are now making a good recovery.

A 19-year-old man who was driving a grey Volkswagen Golf at the time of the collision and was arrested, was later released without charge and will face no further action.

Police Sergeant Danny Byrne, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "This has been a very complicated and sensitive investigation and we have liaised closely with the Crown Prosecution Service throughout our inquiries.

"As a result, the Crown Prosecution Service have now authorised two charges of causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving. "I know there has been a lot of speculation and media interest in this incident, but it is now more important than ever that we do not speculate about what happened. This case, and the facts, will be heard before a court and it is important we respect the integrity of that legal process."

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