Prescot Man, 27, Charged over Crash That Killed Violet
[Update 29/03/17: Dean Brennan has been remanded in custody until a second court hearing on 26 April. In court today he did not ask for bail and did not enter a plea. He is accused of stealing the vehicle and helping a second suspect, who is accused of causing death by dangerous driving, to escape the country.]
A 27-year-old man from Prescot has been charged following the traffic collision that killed 4-year-old Violet Grace Youens, from St Helens.
A car hit Violet and her grandmother Angela French, 55, at about 3pm on Friday 24 March. The incident took place on Prescot Road, near the junction with Lugsmore Lane.
Violet, pictured, died the following day from her injuries. Ms French is in serious but stable condition in hospital.
On Tuesday Dean Ian Brennan, of Prescot, was charged with assisting an offender, theft of a motor vehicle and the aggravating offence of allowing oneself to be carried within a stolen vehicle.
He appears at Liverpool Magistrates Court today, Wednesday 29 March.
A 23-year-old male suspect fled the country within three hours of the crash and is being pursued by police.
Two males were seen running from the scene. The first male was described as white, aged 15-20, around 5ft 10in tall, of slim build, with brown hair. He was wearing a royal blue t-shirt and royal blue shorts.
The second male was described as being white, aged 15-20, with brown medium length hair. He was wearing a black t-shirt and black shorts and dark trainers.
Anyone who recognises the men in the photo or with information about the incident is urged to call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 6041 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.