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Dannie O’Leary and James Connors face separate charges over fatal crash on the A338 near Ringwood which claimed the life of George Greaves





TWO more men have been charged in connection with a fatal crash near Ringwood, for which a motorist has already been jailed for 12 years.

Following continued police investigations into the collision on 15th June last year, which claimed the life of George Greaves (31) from Hampshire, the defendants were set to appear separately this month.

As reported in the A&T, Lexus GS300 driver Yusuf Muzil (23), of Cricklewood, London, was sent down after admitting causing death by dangerous driving and two charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Yusuf Muzil was jailed for 12 years
Yusuf Muzil was jailed for 12 years

The Lexus had smashed into the rear of a Nissan Micra, in which Mr Greaves was front seat passenger, on the northbound carriageway of the A338.

The force of impact as it approached Ashley Heath Roundabout was so great the Nissan plunged off the road and into a verge.

Mr Greaves was pronounced dead at the scene, and two other occupants of the vehicle were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Witnesses reported seeing the Lexus and two other vehicles travelling at speeds over 80mph in the moments leading up to the crash.

Enquiries to identify the drivers led to a 29-year-old man from London being arrested on 6th November and later charged.

Dannie O’Leary faces allegations of causing death by dangerous driving and two offences of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, as well as fraudulent use of a registration mark or registration document and causing death by driving a vehicle with no insurance or where the driver is unlicensed.

He is next due to appear at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 16th February.

Further investigations then saw a 29-year-old man from Solihull in the West Midlands arrested on Tuesday.

James Connors has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, causing death by driving while disqualified, causing death by driving a vehicle where the driver is unlicensed or uninsured and fraudulent use of a registration mark.

Connors appeared before Poole magistrates yesterday (Thursday), when his case was sent to Bournemouth Crown Court for trial. He was remanded in custody until 29th February.

Mr Greaves’ heartbroken family previously paid tribute to their “happy smiling” son, brother, grandson and friend.

“We will all remember George for his kindness and care for others, plus his awesome guitar skills that provided us and him with so much pleasure,” they said in a statement.

“The world was far more wonderful with George in it. He will be forever missed by us all for the promising life we were so looking forward to being a part of, that now will never be. Rest and rock in peace George.”



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