Mercedes driver, 33, to 
face death-crash charges

A driver from Brigg has appeared in court charged with causing the deaths of two people after driving the wrong way along a 70mph A-road in Northamptonshire.

William Wilson, 33, from Westrum Lane, has appeared before a district judge at Northampton Magistrates’ Court facing two charges of causing death by dangerous driving and another charge of driving with excess alcohol.

The court was told Mr Wilson is accused of driving a Mercedes in the wrong direction of the westbound carriageway of the A14, with no headlights, before smashing into a Ford Ka between junctions two and one.

Stephen Donnelly, 26, and his girlfriend Mandy Gold, 21, both from South Yorkshire, were killed in the smash which happened at about 11pm.

Wilson spoke only to confirm his name and address and was told he would appear at Northampton Crown Court on Wednesday, July 10, for a preliminary hearing.

He was denied bail by district judge Tim Daber after a short hearing.

The couple had been travelling home from a family wedding in Kettering, Northamptonshire, where gifted musician Mr Donnelly had played both the piano and the guitar.

Friends of the couple at the Antioch Community Church in Sheffield - where both Mr Donnelly and Miss Gold were members of the congregation - have paid tribute to a “besotted” couple.

Mr Donnelly, who had studied pure maths at the University of Sheffield, joined the church in 2007 before he became part of its staff as a student pastor only a year later.

His girlfriend had worked as a volunteer and was a student life group leader at the church. She helped out with running the Sunday school as well as women’s bible groups.