Castletown crash driver on charge of manslaughter

Alexis French

Alexis French

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The driver of a silver BMW involved in an accident with a bus outside Castletown last year has appeared in court charged with manslaughter and causing death by dangerous driving.

Raymond Adam D’Olier French of Ballaterson Fields, Ballaugh, entered no plea to those charges or to a third charge of causing serious bodily harm by dangerous driving.

A passenger in Mr French’s car, his 10-year-old daughter, Alexis French, who was a year six pupil at Ballaugh School, died in hospital at around 4.30pm the same day. Alexis’s younger brother and mother were also in the car and suffered injuries in the accident.

Mr French, who is 45, sustained serious injuries in the accident and appeared in court using a wheelchair. He is to reappear on December 16 and was bailed in the meantime in the sum of £1,000 to live at home.

The accident happened soon after 3.30pm on October 5 last year near Ballakaighen as Mr French’s BMW was heading north towards Castletown. The bus was heading in the opposite direction.

Emergency services including police, fire crews and ambulances all attended the scene and the road was closed for around six hours after the accident.

Ballaugh School headmaster Dr Graeme Cushnie described Alexis as a bright, hardworking and popular pupil who had many friends. She was a school librarian and keen on judo.

Seven passengers on the bus, including the driver were treated in hospital for injuries. All but one were later released.

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