Flowers are left at the
scene of the fatal crash in Maidstone
A man has appeared in court charged with causing death by
dangerous driving after a New Year's Day crash which killed
one man and left a woman fighting for her life.
Valdis Labeckis, 21, of Old Tovil Road, Maidstone was arrested
after the crash at the junction between Postley Road and Old Tovil
Road at 2.30am yesterday.
He was later charged with causing death by dangerous driving
and dangerous driving, and appeared at Maidstone Magistrates
A wall is damaged after
Latvian national Labeckis, who had a Russian interpreter in
court, did not enter a plea. He was remanded in custody and will
appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday, January
The accident happened when the BMW mounted the kerb and hit
two pedestrians, who were walking back from New Year's Eve
A man in his thirties was pronounced dead at the
scene. His girlfriend suffered serious injuries, and
is in a serious but stable condition in Kings College Hospital
Detective Sergeant Scott Lynch of the Serious Collision
Investigation Unit said: "Although there have been developments in
this case and a person has been charged we are still keen to hear
from anyone who may have witnessed the incident. Witnesses are
asked to contact police on 01622 798538."