Soldier admits killing runners by dangerous driving

Soldier admits killing runners by dangerous driving

Lucy Pygott, 17 and Stacey Burrows, 16,Image copyright
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Lucy Pygott (left), 17, and Stacey Burrows, 16, were members of of Aldershot, Farnham and District Athletic Club

A soldier has pleaded guilty to causing the death by dangerous driving of two teenage athletes.

Michael Casey ran over Stacey Burrows, 16, and Lucy Pygott, 17, who were out training in Aldershot, Hampshire, on the evening of 8 November.

They had been warming up when they were struck by his black Ford Focus in Queen’s Avenue.

The girls were members of Aldershot, Farnham and District Athletic Club.

At Winchester Crown Court, 24-year-old Casey, of St Paul’s Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving. He is expected to be sentenced later on Thursday.

Lucy, who was from Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, had won a 3,000m bronze medal at the European Youth Championships in July and was described by her family as “an absolute joy”.

Stacey, from Farnborough, was the Hampshire under-17 3,000m champion. Paying tribute, her family said she was “perfect in every possible way”.

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Michael Casey appeared at Winchester Crown Court to enter his guilty plea