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Romanian lorry driver Traian Soare admits causing deaths of Nikita Tsirelson and Artem Larionov in Dover

A lorry driver has admitted causing the deaths of two people by driving dangerously on the A2 in Dover.

Police were called to the scene of the crash involving a yellow lorry and a black Nissan Qashqai just before midnight on Sunday, July 2.

The lorry – driven by 51 year old Romanian Traian Soare - was travelling down Jubilee Way towards the docks when it hit a car coming in the opposite direction.

The late night crash between a lorry and car on Jubilee Way in July
The late night crash between a lorry and car on Jubilee Way in July

Nikita Tsirelson and Artem Larionov, who were in the Nissan, died at the scene.

Soare appeared at Canterbury Crown Court by video link from Elmley Prison where he is on remand.

Two charges of causing death by driving dangerously were put to him by a Romanian translator and he pleaded guilty.

The only time he spoke was to say "I understand" as prosecutor Simon Taylor explained that the hearing would have to be postponed until next month.

Judge Rupert Lowe told the lorry driver that he now faced a “substantial period of custody” but his early guilty plea would result in him receiving a reduced sentence.

He then spoke to members of the families of the victims, who were sitting in the public gallery, telling them: “May I express my condolences and offer my apologies that the hearing cannot be completed today.”

The judge also ruled that Soare should be brought to court from prison for the sentencing hearing, which is expected to take an hour.

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