Driver admits dangerous driving that killed his two Islington passengers after police chase

Workers clear the scene where two men died following a police chase in the early hours of Good Frida

Workers clear the scene where two men died following a police chase in the early hours of Good Friday. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire - Credit: Archant

An uninsured driver who lost control of his car while trying to escape from police and crashed into a bridge, killing his two passengers - both from Islington - yesterday pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Workers clear the scene where two men died following a police chase in the early hours of Good Frida

Workers clear the scene where two men died following a police chase in the early hours of Good Friday. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire - Credit: Archant

Karl Aaron Maddix, 31, of no fixed address but thought to be formerly of Islington, appeared at Wood Green Crown Court today over the crash, which occured shortly before 2am on March 29 last year at the junction of Seven Sisters Road and St Ann’s Road, Tottenham.

He sped off in the opposite direction when he passed a patrol car in Islington. When officers finally located him again, several hundred metres away, they tried to catch him up but Maddix ran a red light.

A short time later he clipped a white van and hit the bridge at the junction. Maddix ran from the car, leaving his severely injured passengers - Shaka Henry, 33, from St John’s Way Archway and Gregory Jones, 38, of Grenville Road, Hornsey rise - to die at the scene, despite the efforts of police and paramedics.

Maddix today admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving. Two further counts of causing death whilst uninsured, and two counts of causing death whilst driving without a licence, were allowed to lie on file. He will be sentenced on March 6.


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