Man pleads not guilty to seriously injuring teens in collision outside Harrogate school
Aug 11, 2023
Benjamin Oakes leaving Harrogate Magistrates Court
Benjamin Oakes leaving court this morning

A man has pleaded not guilty to causing serious injury to two teenagers in a collision outside a Harrogate school.

Benjamin Oakes, 46, of Tewit Well Avenue, Harrogate, was charged with causing injury by careless or inconsiderate driving in the incident on Yew Tree Lane on February 2.

He appeared at Harrogate Magistrates Court this morning, where he confirmed his name and address, and entered his not guilty pleas.

Both he and magistrates opted not to send the case to crown court, where he would have faced a jury trial.

Instead, the trial will be heard a York Magistrates Court, with provisional dates set for December 4 and 5.

Mr Oakes was released on unconditional bail.

The court heard the two 15-year-old boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, suffered serious injuries in the collision outside Ashville College.

They were not present at the hearing today, but are expected to give evidence via a video link during the trial.

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