Two charged in connection to Darnall collision

Date published: 12 November 2018 11:59
Dated: 12 November 2018 08:42:48

Two men will appear in court today charged in connection to a collision in Darnall, in which four people were killed.

Elliott Bower, 18, of Harborough Avenue, the driver of the vehicle involved in the collision, has been charged with four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He is also charged with handling stolen goods and possession of cannabis.

Declan Bower, 23, of Harborough Avenue, has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking and death caused by an accident with aggravated factors. He is also charged with handling stolen goods, two counts of driving while disqualified, two counts of driving without insurance, possession of a bladed article and possession of cannabis.

Just after 8.50pm on Friday evening (9 November), emergency services were called to Main Road, Darnall following a collision between a VW Golf and a VW Touran. Prior to the collision, the VW Golf was involved in a pursuit with a police vehicle. A mandatory referral was made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct following the collision. South Yorkshire Police continue to assist them with their independent investigation.

Four people travelling in the Touran, Adnan Ashraf, 35, Vlasta Dunova, 41, and Miroslav Duna, 50 and a one-year-old boy sadly died in the collision.

The one-year-old boy will be formally identified today.

Two women, aged 22 and 32 and a three-year-old girl who were passengers in the car were injured and currently remain in hospital.

A 17-year-old boy arrested at the scene in connection to the collision remains in custody at this time.

Elliott and Declan Bower have been remanded into custody to appear before Sheffield Magistrate’s Court this morning (Monday 12 November).

T/Detective Chief Inspector Jude Ashmore, investigating, said: “This incident and the fact that four people have lost their lives is tragic and understandably highly emotive.

“I would however please urge people to think about the comments they post on social media to enable criminal proceedings to go through the courts unhindered and allow those affected to grieve.”

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