PROSECUTORS say the A41 crash which killed two 16-year-old back seat passengers was ‘an accident waiting to happen’.

Tristan Cook, whose parents live in Waverton and Littleton, was pronounced dead from multiple injuries at the scene of the crash on December 10 last year.

Dominic Arnold, of Boughton, was sitting next to him and was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital where - despite attempts to resuscitate him - he died in the early hours of the morning.

Michael James Wood, 18, of Woodlands Drive, Chester, denies causing death by dangerous driving on the A41 near Broxton on December 10 last year, when his car overturned on a left-hand bend near Jackson’s Fencing.

At Chester Crown Court on Monday, Wood pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on the Sainsbury’s roundabout and Broxton roundabout car park, where five drivers were showing off with handbrake turns and wheel skids.

Matthew George Ferguson, of Little Heath Road, Christleton, also 18, denies driving dangerously on the car parks and on the A41.

The court heard on Monday that the crash happened as four cars drove back in convoy from Broxton towards Chester.

Owen Edwards, prosecuting, said evidence from the teenagers who were in the cars that night will show that Wood approached a first left hand bend at speed, but made no attempt to brake, and the car visibly lost some control.

At the next left hand bend, Mr Edwards said, Wood still made no attempt to brake.

He added: “The car passed the apex of the bend but lost control of the back wheels, so Wood overcompensated by steering and then spun round, hit a kerb and became airbourne.

“The car made direct contact with a sign post, a tree and then landed upside-down in the field.”

Mr Edwards told the court: “The prosecution say the driving of these young men before the collision was dangerous. In particular the driving at Broxton in that car park, on the roundabout speaks volumes about their driving.

“A driver driving normally, carefully and pertinently, would have no difficulty whatsoever manoeuvring this bend.

“It isn’t the most difficult bend - a careful driver would have taken account of the fact the Volkswagon Polo was fully laden, it was dark and damp.

“They would have taken notice of any earlier loss of control. “The Crown says Wood does none of these things. He took risk after risk after risk until he took a risk too far.

“It was his friends, tragically, who paid with their lives.”

Ferguson is alleged to have been driving close behind Wood’s car, and encouraging him to speed.

His car manoeuvred the bend safely and he says he slowed down before the turning.

On Tuesday the 11 jury members and court personnel will visit the site of the crash.


Daily updates will be made to throughout the trial. Also see The Chronicle this Friday for further coverage.