South East Wales

Cardiff hit-and-runs: Matthew Tvrdon murder charge remand

A 31-year-old man has appeared in court charged with murder and attempted murder following a series of hit-and-runs in Cardiff.

Karina Menzies, 31, died after she was hit by a van on a fire station forecourt in Ely.

Matthew Tvrdon, of no fixed abode, faces a total of 19 charges.

He spoke only to confirm his name and address and was remanded in custody to appear before Newport Crown Court on Tuesday via a video link.

The series of crashes took place in the west of the city as children were walking home from school on Friday.

Image caption Karina Menzies was hit by a van in Ely, Cardiff, on Friday afternoon

Thirteen people were injured, of whom seven were aged under 12.

At lunchtime on Monday, the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff confirmed three adults and three children were still being treated following Friday's incidents.

The two adults who were previously described as critical but stable are now "improving", the hospital said.

Mr Tvrdon has also been charged with 13 counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and one charge of dangerous driving.

South Wales Police said that the investigation was still "very much ongoing" and have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

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