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Boy charged over ‘catastrophic’ car crash

A teenager has been charged with causing the deaths of three children and two men who died in a car crash in Leeds.

The victims were all travelling in the same car when it collided with a tree in Stonegate Road.

Police described the crash on Saturday night as "catastrophic".

Image:Brothers Ellis (left) and Elliott (right) died in the crash

West Yorkshire Police said the 15-year-old suspect will appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court on Wednesday to face five counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

Brothers Ellis Thornton-Kimitt, 12, and Elliott Thornton-Kimitt, 14, died in the crash, along with 15-year-old Darnell Harte, Robbie Meerun, 24, and Anthony Armour, also 24.

Police believe six people were in the stolen black Renault Clio involved in the collision.

Two brothers and a boy, 15, among five people killed when a stolen car crashed into a tree in Leeds - snapchat
Image:Darnell Harte, 15, was also killed

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Griffiths said the emergency services found a scene of "total carnage" when they arrived.

Flowers, balloons, candles and messages of condolence have been left at the site of the crash with relatives and friends paying tribute to those who died.

The teenager who has been charged was taken to hospital in the wake of the smash with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

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