TWO men were yesterday charged with death by dangerous driving following a collision in which a 15-year-old girl tragically lost her life.
Natalia Wiley, a popular pupil at Lady Lumley’s School, Pickering, died after the incident on the A170, between Ebberston and Snainton, on January 8.
An 18-year-old Pickering man and a 21-year-old, who is from Kirkbymoorside, are now due to appear at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on Friday afternoon.
The 18-year-old was driving the blue Vauxhall Corsa in which Natalia died.
He sustained minor injuries in the collision.
The 21-year-old was behind the wheel of a white Ford Fiesta which was travelling in its company.
Both men were arrested following the incident and bailed, before they were formally charged yesterday afternoon.
In the aftermath of Natalia’s death, devastated members of her family and friends left moving road-side tributes at the scene of the fatal crash.
In a statement released by her grieving family, they paid tribute to Natalia, calling her a “beautiful, happy, conﬁdent daughter” who would be missed by all who knew her.
Lady Lumley’s School headteacher Richard Bramley described Natalia as a “lovely, lively and likeable student” who always looked out for fellow pupils.
Thousands joined groups on social networking site Facebook, to share their fond memories of Natalia.
It is hoped that a permanent memorial to Natalia will be erected in Pickering.
A fundraising charity football match was recently set up, raising more than £2,000 which will go towards the memorial and a children’s charity.
The floral tributes by the side of the road have grown and are still being refreshed.