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The 18-year-old will appear before Manchester Magistrate's Court on Thursday February 7 to answer charges relating to the collision which killed two people in north Manchester

Manchester City youngster Courtney Meppen-Walter has been charged with two counts of death by careless or inconsiderate driving, Greater Manchester Police have confirmed.

The 18-year-old will appear before Manchester Magistrate's Court on Thursday February 7.

Meppen-Walter was arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving in September last year after his Mercedes crashed into a Nissan Micra on the Bury New Road in north Manchester.

Two people in the Nissan – Kulwant Singh, 32, and his sister Ravel Kaur-Singh, 37 – were killed in the accident, while Kaur-Singh’s two sons, aged 16 and 17, were injured in the back seat.

The 19-year-old driver of a Volkswagon Golf was also arrested at the time, but was later released without charge, with police confirming they were satisfied the two cars had not been racing each other.

"This has been a very complicated and sensitive investigation and we have liaised closely with the Crown Prosecution Service throughout our inquiries," said Police Sergeant Danny Byrne of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

"As a result, the Crown Prosecution Service have now authorised two charges of causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving.  

"I know there has been a lot of speculation and media interest in this incident, but it is now more important than ever that we do not speculate about what happened. 

"This case, and the facts, will be heard before a court and it is important we respect the integrity of that legal process."

Meppen-Walter has been with the City academy since 2003 and is regarded as one of the club's brightest home-grown prospects, having represented England at Under-17 level.