Cookstown man to be sent for trial over road death of teenager Charly-Jean Thompson

Charly Jean Thompson
Charly Jean Thompson

An Cookstown motorist is to be sent for trial accused of causing a teenage girl’s death and injuring her boyfriend in a car crash two years ago, a judge heard on Friday.

Committal proceedings against 24-year-old Lee Walter Hegarty had been scheduled at Dungannon Magistrates Court, sending the tragic case to the Crown Court but that was adjourned for two weeks to allow time for the defence to study and review the legal papers.

The three friends, Charly-Jean, a 15-year-old pupil at Cookstown High School, her boyfriend Ryan and Hegarty were all in his BMW car when it was in collision with a pickup and a telegraph pole on the Drum Road

Hegarty, from Molesworth Street in Cookstown, is accused of causing the death of Charly-Jean Thompson and grievous bodily injury to her boyfriend Ryan McCracken by driving carelessly on the Drum Road on 14 August 2013.

The three friends, Charly-Jean, a 15-year-old pupil at Cookstown High School, her boyfriend Ryan and Hegarty were all in his BMW car when it was in collision with a pickup and a telegraph pole on the Drum Road, between the junctions of the Lower Kildress Road and Pomeroy Road at 9.41pm.

Miss Thompson suffered serious head and internal injuries which tragically claimed her life in hospital a few days later.

Hegarty was not at court. The case is next before the court in two weeks time when District Judge John Meehan rescheduled the PE.