A young mum who caused the death of her three-year-old daughter and teenage cousin after they were killed in a car crash has been jailed. Mary Stokes, 23, who did not have a driving license, admitted she caused the head-on collision in County Durham last September. As a result, she was jailed for three years and eight months and disqualified from driving for seven years. During the horrific crash, her daughter was thrown from the car and her 17-year-old cousin passed away in hospital, Durham Crown Court heard. Stokes, of Cairo Street in Sunderland, began “showing off” in the Peugeot 206 on the A1068 near Horden whilst five passengers – all aged under 18 – were present, the court heard. During the “persistent” spell of bad driving, the two small children who were present were not in child seats. The court also heard that the car had recently failed its MOT and Stokes did not have any insurance. Richard Bennett, prosecuting, said Kelsey, 3, was thrown from the car and killed, while Shauna Stokes, who was in the back, died in hospital the following day. Earlier the same day, Mary Stokes was seen driving the car erratically in a leisure… Read full this story
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