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Derby woman convicted of causing death by careless driving on M1

A woman has been convicted of two counts of causing death by careless driving that occurred on the M1, following a Thames Valley Police investigation.

Mary McCann, aged 35, of Bamford Avenue, Derby, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink, at Aylesbury Crown Court.

At around 11.10pm on Monday, August 9, last year, McCann was driving northbound on the M1 between junctions 14 and 15 when she collided with a white Scania HGV.

Her two children, Lilly McCann, aged four, and Smaller Peter McCann, aged ten, sustained fatal injuries and sadly died at the scene.

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A third passenger, a two-year-old girl, was not seriously injured.

The driver of the lorry was not injured.

Investigating officer, Sergeant Dominic Mahon, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Bicester, said: “This was a tragic incident in which two young children lost their lives.

“My thoughts remain with their family at this incredibly difficult time. Thankfully they will not have to go through the ordeal of a trial due to McCann’s guilty pleas today.”

McCann is due to be sentenced on April 25, at Aylesbury Crown Court.

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