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Inquest opens into deaths of Doncaster pedestrians

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Image caption The inquest was adjourned at Doncaster Coroner's Court to allow for a criminal case to take place

An inquest has opened into the deaths of three pedestrians who were hit and killed by a car in Doncaster.

Andrew Tomlinson, 48, Fay Tomlinson, 54, and their friend Mandy Deere, 54, were struck on 26 December in Askern.

Doncaster Coroner's Court heard Mr and Mrs Tomlinson were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Sutton Road.

Mrs Deere was taken to hospital in Sheffield, but died in the early hours of the next morning. Her husband John, 57, remains in a critical condition.

Coroner Nicola Mundy adjourned the inquest to allow for a criminal case into the deaths to take place.

In a statement, the families thanked the communities of Askern and Doncaster "for their continued generosity" with fundraising towards funeral costs.

It read: "We are extremely humbled by the number of people who have donated, laid flowers and attended the recent memorial to support our family and offer their condolences."

Ricky Hepworth has been charged with several driving offences, including causing death by dangerous driving and aggravated vehicle taking.

The 24-year-old, of Meadow Croft, Edenthorpe, is due to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on 25 January.

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