20-year-old Mobein Ali has been remanded in custody and will appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow
A man has appeared in court accused of causing the deaths of a couple by dangerous driving.
Michael Ward, 45, and his girlfriend Paula Jolly, 37, were hit by a Vauxhall Corsa on Princess Road in Hulme on Tuesday night.
The car did not stop at the scene and was found abandoned near the scene later, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Mrs Jolly, a mum-of-five from Hulme, was pronounced dead at the scene and dad-of-ten Mr Ward, from Broughton, Salford, died from his injuries on Christmas Eve.
Mobein Ali, 20, of Cromwell Avenue, Whalley Range, appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
Wearing a grey jumper and white trousers, he spoke only to confirm his name and address. No pleas were entered and he was remanded in custody. The case was transferred to Manchester Crown Court for a plea and directions hearing listed for January 9 next year.
Mr Ali’s family were in the public gallery throughout the brief hearing.
Nicola Bruce, prosecuting in court, said Mrs Jolly and Mr Ward, were walking across a pedestrian crossing near the road’s junction with Greenheys Lane at the moment of impact shortly after 10.15pm.
Ms Bruce said: “It is a very sad, extremely unfortunate case resulting in the deaths of a couple. They were crossing at the pedestrian crossing with the intention of crossing Princess Road. I would ask that this matter be sent to the crown court.”
The devastated families of the couple said they were struggling to comprehend the tragedy at Christmas.
Mrs Jolly’s mum Sylvia Duddle, 61, revealed she had been planning to spend Christmas with her daughter for the first time in years, surrounded by their family.
She had moved back to live in Hulme after moving to Dudley in the Midlands three years ago.
Mr Ward was the dad of Mike Ward, 24, a former finalist on BBC One talent show The Voice.
Three other people, two women aged 19 and 47 and a 59-year-old man, who were also arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving have all been released on police bail.
Mr Ward’s sister,Theresa McCoy, 47, landlady of the Dover Inn pub in Broughton told the MEN: ““It doesn’t feel real, we don’t know what to think yet. He would have been in here having a Christmas drink with us. I can’t believe he’s gone.
“The police came round in the morning and at first I thought it must have been an incident on the road or something. They said it was to do with him and my first instinct was to ring Paula.I managed to get to the hospital before he died but he was already gone, I could tell.”