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Teen due in court accused of causing death of Jack Burmingham, from Rainham

By Lynn Cox

An 18-year-old will appear in court accused of causing the death of Medway teenager Jack Burmingham by dangerous driving.

The accused, who is from Gillingham, will appear before magistrates in Medway in December, when he will be named.

He cannot be identified yet because police have issued a court summons called a postal requisition, rather than charging him at a police station.

Jack Burmingham died in a crash on the A2
Jack Burmingham died in a crash on the A2

Jack, who was 17, was killed when the van he was travelling in crashed on the A2 at Newington shortly before 10pm on Thursday, May 18.

He died at the scene, near the junction with Playstool Road.

The former Howard School pupil was travelling in a white Mitsubishi L200 truck which crashed into a parked car and ended up in a front garden.

Three other people suffered injuries and were taken to hospital.

At the time of his death, his former teachers paid tribute to him.

Floral tributes were left for Jack at the roadside.
Floral tributes were left for Jack at the roadside.

Jack lived with his parents Mark and Kerry and younger sister Abbey in Plomley Close.

He left The Howard School at the end the academic year in 2015.

Assistant head teacher Julie Parish said he was a “likeable and popular young man” and that the whole school community was in shock over his death.

She said: “Many of us taught him and remember him as a likeable and popular young man.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Jack’s family and friends, and with all those who knew and loved him.”

A fundraising page was set up to support his family after his death and thousands of pounds was raised.

According to police, officers from the serious collision investigation unit issued the notice to the driver this morning .

The man will appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, December 12.

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