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Boxing Day crash driver admits causing deaths of Bury St Edmunds teenagers Jake Paxton and William Smedley




A 20-year-old man has admitted causing the deaths of two Bury St Edmunds teenagers in a Boxing Day crash on the A14.

George Mills, of Stow Road, Ixworth, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

It follows an A14 collision at Rougham on Boxing Day in 2017, which caused the deaths of Bury St Edmunds pair Jake Paxton and William Smedley – both 18.

William Smedley and Jake Paxton. (29426706)
William Smedley and Jake Paxton. (29426706)

Jake and William were passengers in a grey Ford Fiesta that Mills was driving at around 9.30pm on December 26, 2017.

The hatchback collided with a black Vauxhall Corsa on the eastbound stretch, just east of junction 45.

William died at the scene, while Jake was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

Mills was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The female driver of the Vauxhall Corsa was uninjured.

Mills is next due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday, February 28 for sentencing.


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