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Heartbroken parents of girl, 15, who died after BMW ploughed into bus stop appear in court charged with harassing driver

THE shattered parents of a schoolgirl killed after a BMW ploughed into her at a bus stop have been charged with harassing the driver.

"Amazing" Katelyn Dawson, 15, from Huddersfield, was waiting to go to Shelley College in West Yorks when the tragedy unfolded last January.

The driver of the BMW, who was 51 at the time, was hurt in the crash but survived and has never been charged.

Prosecutors heard evidence that he fainted at the wheel as a result of "insane automatism".

The CPS decided he was driving dangerously at the time but was not criminally responsible.

Katelyn's dad Colin, 47, and mum Angela, 50, appeared at Kirklees Magistrates' Court charged with ten counts of harassment.

The grieving couple handed out a petition named Justice for Katelyn outside the driver's place of work in August.

District Judge Richard Clews heard arguments from prosecutor Bill Astin and defence solicitor Jonathan Slawinski without either of the defendants present.

Both parents sat outside the court in its precincts while the hearing took place.

Mr Clews adjourned it until January 14, 2020.


Tragic Katelyn was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries but died around 6.15pm on January 10, 2018.

Year 11 pupil Katelyn was described by friends as "amazing, kind, funny and beautiful".

Three other people were injured in the horror crash including a 47-year-old woman who was left in a critical but stable condition.

Another teenage girl, 17, was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries and the driver was hurt.

Floral tributes with heartfelt messages were laid at the scene at the time.

One read: "RIP to my beautiful. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel.

"I love you so so much baby girl. RIP Princess."

Dozen of Katelyn's friends also took to social media with messages in memory of the popular teenager.

One said: "Katelyn was amazing. She was kind, funny, beautiful and so so so loved by everyone.

"She's been taken too soon and everyone's going to miss her more than you can imagine."

Another added: "She was one of the loveliest girls I ever met."

A candlelit vigil was held in her hometown and a GoFundMe page launched to raise funds for her funeral.

Dramatic photos from the scene show glass strewn across the road after the BMW 5 Series ploughed into the bus shelter.

Witnesses described the “absolute carnage” in the aftermath of the horror smash, with the scene resembling “something out of a film."

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