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Crash death trial

PUBLISHED: 15:51 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 09:37 12 August 2010

A 16-YEAR-OLD girl appeared at the Old Bailey to deny causing the death of her friend by grabbing the steering wheel of the car he was driving.  Lee Waite, 21,

A 16-YEAR-OLD girl appeared at the Old Bailey to deny causing the death of her friend by grabbing the steering wheel of the car he was driving.

Lee Waite, 21, was killed when his Mini Cooper careered into a tree in Bromley in the early hours of February 10 last year.

Mr Waite died in the wreckage of the vehicle in Southborough Lane, Petts Wood, while six passengers were taken to hospital.

At the Old Bailey last Friday, a 16-year-old girl from the Bromley area, appeared in court charged with Mr Waite's manslaughter.

She spoke only to confirm her name and plead not guilty to the charge. Judge Roger Chapple set a trial date of July 27. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was just 15 at the time of the crash.

She is said to have taken hold of the steering while sitting on the lap of the front-seat passenger, causing the car to career off the road.

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