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Bikers face new charge over Thornton couple's fatal crash
3:26pm Thursday 13th September 2012 in News
Two Keighley motorcyclists who were cleared of causing the deaths by dangerous driving of a solicitor and her husband are facing new charges.
Helen Slater, 37, and her 40-year-old builder husband Dean were killed in August 2010 when they were thrown from their motorcycle after it was in a collision with a car on the eastbound slip road of the A64 near Tadcaster.
The couple, of Thornton, Bradford, had been travelling in a group with five other motorcyclists when the accident happened.
Five other bikers, including Paul Wheater, of Halifax Road, Cullingworth, and David Hastings, of Clough Fold, Keighley, were charged with causing the deaths of the Slaters by dangerous driving.
Last December a judge dismissed the charges against all five men. But they have now been charged with dangerous driving.
A spokesman at York Crown Court confirmed the five defendants had appeared there before Recorder Abdul Iqbal, all charged with dangerous driving. Hastings had pleaded not guilty and had been committed for a two-week trial to Teesside Crown Court on a date to be fixed Wheater pleaded guilty and will be sentenced following the trial and after probation reports. All five were granted unconditional bail.