A YOUNG man has appeared in court charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of student Christian Lang.

Daniel Neary, 18, of Dawson Road, Newsome, is also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without insurance on Meltham Road on July 24 last year.

He pleaded not guilty.

Neary is accused of driving the VW Golf in which Christian, 17, of Broombank in Birkby, was a passenger.

It collided with a Skoda Fabia on Meltham Road, near the Big Valley Garage near Netherton, at 11.20pm that night.

The judge at Bradford Crown Court yesterday adjourned the proceedings for discussions between the prosecution and defence.

Neary will appear again at the court for trial on September.

Christian, known as Christy to his family, carried a donor card and donated his organs to help others after his death.

Despite being admitted to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, the former Honley High School pupil, who had just finished studying sports science at HuddersfieldNew College, died the day after the accident.

His mum Libby said at the time: “You can’t describe what it feels like to be without him. We will never get over it.”

Dad Shaun added: “He was a really smiley lad, who made such a big impression on everyone. He seemed to be everybody’s friend. People just seemed to love him and warm to him as soon as they met him.”

Around 500 people turned out for Christian’s funeral at St Patrick’s Church on New North Road.

Donations from the funeral raised about £800 for Leukaemia Research and Saddleworth Special Needs Playgroup.