Mum accused of killing two kids in horror motorway crash 'likely to flee to Ireland'

By Matthew Lodge & Marita Moloney

A woman who is accused of killing her two children in a road collision last month is "likely" to "abscond" to Ireland, according to a UK judge.

Mary McCann has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving in relation to an incident on the M1 motorway near Milton Keynes in England.

The 35-year-old had been due to appear at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday, September 10, but she didn't turn up for the hearing.

As a result, Judge Francis Sheridan issued an arrest warrant for Mrs McCann and says he wants the UK Home Office to put ports and airports on alert.

“It is most likely she will flee to Ireland,” he said.

The crash happened between junction 14 and 15 on the M1 in England. (stock image) (Google Maps)

“This is a sad case, but by absconding to avoid the indictment being put is in my view tactical.”

Mrs McCann, of Bamford Avenue, Sunny Hill, is accused of driving a white Vauxhall Astra which collided with a Scania HGV at around 11.10pm on Monday, August 9.

Her son Smaller, 10, and daughter Lilly, 4, were killed in the crash on the northbound carriageway near Milton Keynes.

The lorry driver was unhurt, but the motorway was closed for 12 hours.

Mrs McCann and another child passenger of the vehicle were injured in the crash which, according to a family member, happened when she was driving back from a party in London, DerbyshireLive reports.

A 13-year-old daughter had stayed in London.

Prosecutor Heather Stangoe told the judge: “Unfortunately, we do not know where she is. We were informed through her solicitor that they had failed to make contact with the defendant. Her bail address was her sister’s and she is not there.

“It was the funeral of her children this week. Her one-year-old child is with the grandmother and is safe.”

Defence barrister Laban Leake said: “The funerals were on Monday and Tuesday. She is no longer at the aunt’s address. She gave a telephone number (for her). An attempt was made to contact that number, but there was no response.”

“We know nothing of her state of mind.”

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