Driver admits to causing deaths in A1307 crash near Linton

A1307 crash victims
A1307 crash victims
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A driver has admitted causing the deaths of a teenager and his grandfather in a crash on the A1307 last year.

Paul Bell, 47, appeared at Cambridge Crown Court last week where he pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving.

A1307 crash victims

A1307 crash victims

The crash happened at the Dean Road crossroads of the A1307, near Linton, and resulted in the deaths of 13 year old Joshua Bysouth and his grandfather Michael Kidd, 66, both from Stanleys Farm Road, Saffron Walden.

Bell, from North Crescent, Steeple Bumpstead, was driving his silver Audi A3 when it collided with Mr Kidd’s blud Hyundai Getz just after 12.30pm.

Both grandfather and grandson were pronounced dead at the scene as Bell was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in critical condition.

Bell was granted bail and will return to court for sentencing on October 5.

Tributes paid at the site of the fatal crash on the A1307

Tributes paid at the site of the fatal crash on the A1307

The accident left all four lanes of the road blocked in both directions on the day.

A Facebook page was promptly set up in memory of Joshua and soon attracted thousands of ‘Likes’.

Joshua was a sports enthusiast and had captained Spartak 78, putting in a man-of-the-match performance as they drew 1-1 against Haverhill Rovers.

A Facebook group titled ‘A1307 Something has to change!!’ was set up in the wake of the accident calling for improvements to be made to safety on the road, quickly attracting hundreds of supporters expressing their ideas for improvements.

For all the latest news see today’s (Thursday, September 13) Echo.