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Woman charged over crash which left two children dead

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A 41-year-old woman has been charged with causing the deaths of two young children in a car crash.

Police said yesterday the woman was charged on Monday night with two counts of causing death by careless driving, almost a year since the tragedy.

Oliwier Baczyk, aged one, and two-year-old Zofia Tabaka were both killed in the collision, at the junction of Braunstone Gate and Narborough Road, in Leicester's West End.

The children died after their pushchairs were caught up in the crash while they waited at a pedestrian crossing.

An inquest hearing last year was told Oliwier and Zofia were with two men, including Oliwier's uncle, on the pavement when a car hit the group.

Oliwier, of Bede Island, Leicester, and Zofia died in hospital after the accident at 9.52am on August 6.

The woman has been bailed and is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court later this month.

A 61-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the incident has since died.

A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "CPS East Midlands has authorised Leicestershire Police to charge the woman with two counts of causing death by careless driving in relation to the incident.

"The evidence in the case has been reviewed by an experienced senior crown prosecutor in accordance with the code for crown prosecutors.

"It is important to note that proceedings are now active and nothing should be said or reported that could jeopardise the woman's right to a fair trial".

Following the crash, a shrine with flowers, cards and candles was set up at the junction of Braunstone Gate and Narborough Road and members of the local community raised money for the children's families.

Alicza Komar, speaking for the children's families at the time, said they had taken comfort in the huge display of support from the community.

She said: "The heartbreak is indescribable. If there is any form of solace we can draw from this situation it is in the support we have received from everyone in the community.

"We have been overwhelmed and humbled by the way the people have reacted to our tragic loss.

"Grief has no language barriers, no cultural differences – the pain and loss is universal and in the past week, we have found, so has been the support."

Hundreds of members of the community attended a service dedicated to the youngsters and their families at the Polish church in Wakerley Road, Leicester, a few weeks later.

Woman charged over crash which left two children dead


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