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Driver faces trial for 4x4 tragedy

PUBLISHED: 10:46 10 December 2009 | UPDATED: 17:25 25 August 2010

A 45-YEAR-OLD man has appeared in court charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of a teenager who died when the 4x4 she was in overturned in a swollen river.

A 45-YEAR-OLD man has appeared in court charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of a teenager who died when the 4x4 she was in overturned in a swollen river.

Louise Ferreira, 17, from Thamesmead, died on September 5 last year in a remote part of mid-Wales.

Brian Johnson, 45, of Elstree Gardens, Belvedere, appeared at Llandrindod Wells magistrates court last Wednesday for a committal to crown court hearing.

He was granted unconditional bail and is due to appear at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court tomorrow.

Miss Ferreira, a Bexley Business Academy student, was with a group who were travelling off-road on a holiday to celebrate her exam results. The vehicle left a flooded forestry track near the Llyn Brianne reservoir in Powys.

A male passenger had to walk several miles to a farm to raise the alarm at approximately 5.45pm before three helicopters were sent to rescue them on the forestry roads above the Llyn Briane Reservoir, Powys.

The trio, who were all suffering from hypothermia, were air lifted to Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth, where Louise died shortly after arriving.


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