RELATIVES of two teenagers killed in a horror crash in Huddersfield have been left in tears.
They were in court in Huddersfield to see a prosecution against the driver involved in the double-death smash at Bradley.
But the families of Jade Rice, 17, and Danny Atkinson, 17, were left sobbing when the court dismissed charges against Mohammed Tanwir.
He was at the wheel of a car which ploughed into a tree in Bradley Road, killing both youngsters who were passengers in the vehicle.
Mr Tanwir walked free from court but relatives said: “We are devastated”.
Police had brought two prosecutions against the driver but both were dismissed by courts.
The pair were killed on January 29, 2006 when Mr Tanwir’s Toyota struck a tree on Bradley Road.
They had been staying at a halfway house on Sherwood Avenue, Bradley, where the defendant worked.
Both died at the scene.
The victims’ family and friends broke down at the end of the hearing yesterday and branded it “a farce”.
A spokesman asked: “How can this happen?
“How can two people die and the driver get away without a blot on his licence?
“We will get to the bottom of this one day.
“We are all devastated still.”
The court heard that three independent witnesses saw Tanwir, of Bradford Road, Shipley, sitting on a wall in the aftermath of the crash.
They said he remained there until the emergency services arrived and was covered in blood at the time.
Defence solicitor Andrew Dallas said: “The defendant had no reason to run away from the scene.
“I doubt he could have anyway, as he was in shock and injured.
“He had a driving licence, he had insurance, he even had an MOT.
“He is a Muslim and a drink drive test revealed no traces of alcohol. There was no reason for him to leave the scene.”
Prosecutors had earlier revealed that witness Christopher Boltwood and another man had seen Tanwir leave the scene and get one third of a mile before going back.
But it was a claim magistrates chose not to believe.
The trial in which Tanwir was accused of death by dangerous driving was also thrown out by a judge a Bradford Crown Court in November 2006.
It was alleged at the time that he was travelling at a “grossly excessive speed” when he lost control and crashed.
But the judge at the time quashed the charges on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence.
Daniel left behind his mother Linda Adams, dad Mark St Hilaire and sisters Leander and Paige.
Jade was originally from Halifax and had just enrolled on a hairdressing course at Calderdale College.
Her mother Elaine Rolls, stepfather Barry Noble, dad Ian Rice and stepmother Gillian Rice said they were all devastated by what had happened.
Jade also left a twin brother Ian, a brother Michael and sister Zoe.