A former children’s TV presenter faces up to 14 years in jail after he admitted today killing two people in a eight car smash.
Former child actor Paul Ballard, 39, was accused of killing Eileen Haskell, 64, and Richard Trezise, 48, in a multi-car crash on February 20 last year.
Ballard, of Theydon Bois, Essex, lost control of his VW Golf in Squirrels Heath Road, Harold Hill, Romford, Essex, on 20 February last year.
The children’s TV presenter had starred on GMTV’s programme Diggit from 1998 to 2002 with Fearne Cotton, Craig Doyle, and Reggie Yates.
The victims were pronounced dead following the collision involving defendant’s Volkswagen Golf in Squirrels Heath Road, Romford, Essex.
Paul Ballard, top left, is pictured next to Reggie Yates (centre) and Fearne Cotton (bottom right) before the trio starred on GMTV’s children’s programme Diggit from 1998 to 2002
Pictured: The horrifying aftermath of the eight car pile-up in Romford, Essex last February that claimed the lives of Eileen Haskell, 64, and Richard Trezise, 48
Ms Haskell was reportedly in her car, stationary at traffic lights, when the vehicle was hit at speed from behind.
The second victim was waiting at a bus stop when he was struck by a car, according to reports.
Eight cars were involved in the crash and seven people were taken to hospital. Post-mortems revealed both Ms Haskell and Mr Trezise died from multiple injuries.
Ballard, of Woodland Way, Theydon Bois, Essex, admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving while speaking via videolink at a hearing at the Old Bailey today.
Eileen Haskell, 64, (above) was driving when she was killed in the collision last February
Ballard lost control of his VW Golf in Squirrels Heath Road, Harold Hill, Romford, Essex, on 20 February last year.
Another driver Eileen Haskell, 64, was killed in the collision while Richard Trezise, 48, who was standing at a bus stop was also killed.
During a hearing at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, Ballard admitted causing the deaths of Ms Haskell and Mr Trezise by his dangerous driving.
He denied two further charges of causing death by driving while uninsured.
The defendant, from Theydon Bois, in Essex, entered his pleas by video link from Belmarsh prison.
Prosecutor Edward Franklin said the guilty pleas were acceptable to the Crown and asked for the outstanding charges to lie on court file.
Rhys Rosser, defending, asked for seven days to finalise a basis of plea.
Judge Richard Marks QC adjourned sentencing until August 11.