A 24-year-old man has been charged in connection with hit-and-run incident on Boxing Day which left three people dead. Fay Tomlinson, 54, her husband Andy, 59, and their friend Mandy Deer, 53, were killed after being struck by a blue Volvo S60 while walking through the village of Askern.
Another man who was with the group was also struck by the car. The 57-year-old is said to have sustained life-threatening injuries and remains in hospital in a critical condition.
Ricky Hepworth, who lives in Askern, has now been charged with three counts of causing death by dangerous driving. He has also been charged with three counts of aggravated vehicle taking, three counts of driving without insurance or a licence, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.
He has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear at Doncaster Magistrates' Court later today, according to Sky News. It is not yet clear what time he is due to appear.
The accident took place while the two couples were walking through Askern at approximately 11pm. They are understood to have been hit at the junction between Sutton Road and Manor Way.
Flowers can be seen propped up against a blue fence at the scene of the crash. Locals have spoken of their shock and horror at learning of the Boxing Day hit-and-run.
As news of accident spread, Doncaster MP Ed Miliband tweeted his condolences to the friends and families of the victims. "My deepest sympathies to the families of the 3 people killed in the horrific car accident in Askern and the person seriously injured," he wrote.
Miliband has been the Labour MP for Doncaster North since 2005. It has been a safe Labour seat since the constituency was created in 1983, with the party's then-leaderMiliband picking up 52.4% of the votes during this year's General Election.