Driver Admits Tandem Bike Deaths Of Couple Clare And Ross Simons

Ross and Clare Simons who were killed in the crash
Ross and Clare Simons who were killed in the crash

A driver today admitted killing a couple after mowing them down in his car as they rode their tandem bike.

Nicky Lovell, 38, entered guilty pleas to causing the deaths of "perfect couple" Ross Simons, 34, and his wife Clare, 30, in the accident in Hanham, near Bristol, on January 27 this year.

Lovell, of Oldland Common, South Gloucestershire, pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one of driving while disqualified.

Louise Cox, 35, who owns the Citroen Picasso which was driven by Lovell, pleaded guilty to a charge of perverting the course of justice.

Cox, of Bristol, admitted providing police with a false name and description when she was asked to identify who had been

driving her car.

Judge Neil Ford QC, the Recorder of Bristol, adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared for Cox.

He told Cox, who wore a grey hoodie in the dock: "The fact I am adjourning the case is no indication of the type of sentence you will receive."

Cox was released on police bail and the judge remanded Lovell in custody.

The case will next be heard at Bristol Crown Court on May 22.