BMW driver admits killing two ‘lifelong friends’ aged 20 in horrific car smash on their way home from Christmas shopping trip

  • Benjamin Lewis had earlier pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving

A BMW driver has admitted killing two ‘lifelong friends’ through dangerous driving after his car collided with theirs in November 2021.

Ellie Crossley and Rebecca Doughty, both 20, were traveling back home to Flintshire, North Wales, after buying Christmas presents in a silver Citreon which collided with a blue BMW.

The two died together, but the other driver, Benjamin Lewis, survived. Police later appealed for witnesses and dash cam footage of the collision which closed the road for several hours.

Lewis (30) earlier pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at Chester Crown Court in October 2023.

Ellie Crossley (pictured) and Rebecca Doughty, both 20, were returning home to Flintshire, North Wales from buying Christmas presents in a silver Citreon which collided with a blue BMW

Ellie Crossley (pictured) and Rebecca Doughty, both 20, were returning home to Flintshire, North Wales from buying Christmas presents in a silver Citreon which collided with a blue BMW

Lewis (30) earlier pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at Chester Crown Court in October 2023.  Pictured: Rebecca Doughty

Lewis (30) earlier pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at Chester Crown Court in October 2023. Pictured: Rebecca Doughty

At the time, he denied charges of causing death by dangerous driving and was charged over the fatal collision which took place on the A5117 at Dunkirk, near the junction with the M56 motorway.

The prosecutor did not accept the defendant’s guilty pleas on the lesser charge and a five-day trial was listed for September 23.

But at a pre-trial review hearing at Chester Crown Court, Lewis, of Neston, Cheshire changed his pleas to guilty on the more serious charge.

The case was adjourned for reports to be prepared.

Lewis will be sentenced at Chester Crown Court before Judge Simon Berkson on April 29 and has been granted unconditional bail until that date.

Lewis was removed from the car by firefighters at the time of the tragedy and taken to hospital with serious injuries.

But at a pre-trial review hearing at Chester Crown Court, Lewis, of Neston, Cheshire changed his pleas to guilty on the more serious charge.  Pictured: Ellie Crossley (left) and Rebecca Doughty (right)

But at a pre-trial review hearing at Chester Crown Court, Lewis, of Neston, Cheshire changed his pleas to guilty on the more serious charge. Pictured: Ellie Crossley (left) and Rebecca Doughty (right)

A tribute from the girls’ families said: ‘Ellie Crossley, from Holywell, and Rebecca Doughty, from Connah’s Quay, were lifelong friends.

‘The girls, both aged 20, were on their way home from a Christmas shopping trip when they were tragically involved in a fatal road traffic collision.

‘Both families and their friends have been truly devastated by this tragic event and will be sadly missed.

“New friends for their short lives, they will be in our hearts forever.”