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Local man charged over crash that killed girl, 17, in Pensnett

By Liam Keen | Dudley | Crime | Published:

Floral tributes have been left in memory of the victim named as Charlie Burgoyne.

The scene of the crash after the car was rolled back over on Tansey Green Road

A man has been charged with causing the death of a girl who died in a crash in the Black Country.

Arthur Pinches, from Pensnett, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and dangerous driving.

The 27-year-old mechanic is alleged to have been behind the wheel of a Ford Mondeo which overturned and hit a wall in Pensnett shortly after midnight on Thursday.

The victim was today named in court as Charlie Burgoyne.

Some of the tributes

The 17-year-old girl, who was a passenger in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in Tansey Green Road.

Where the crash happened:

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The road, which connects Stalling's Lane and High Street, was shut for around 12 hours as collision investigators examined the scene and the badly-damaged car was recovered.

Pinches, of High Oak, appeared at Dudley Magistrates’ Court today. He has been remanded in custody until June 21 when he will appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

'We will never forget you'

Flowers and tributes have been laid at the scene today by friends and family.

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Messages have been left remembering the teenager.

One read: “In loving memory of a dear sister, we had our moments, and we still was there for each other.

“I have always loved you, lots of love and kisses, Connor and dad.”

Tributes at the scene

A red heart-shaped balloon was among the tributes, with one side saying “Charlie x” and the other reading: “Fly high angel, love Laura, Shal, Kion, Remi.”

One tribute said: “RIP Charl, will love and miss you forever.

“Wish you was still here with us, we will never forget you.

“Love you lots, Gee.”

A tribute left from the victim's sister at the scene

Another said: “Memories of a precious granddaughter, floating away with these butterflies my lovely lovely granddaughter.”

Another read: “Darling daughter, love for you will live forever.

“My angel fly your wings! Charlie my princess, my beautiful gorgeous girl.

“We are going to miss you loads, love you like crazy, all our love, Mom and Ste.”

Chris Marriott, aged 36, who lives at the home where the car smashed into the wall, has described how several people have been arriving throughout the day to lay flowers at the scene.

He said: "It's been constant since around 7pm last night, five or six cars have been parked up at a time outside.

"It doesn't feel real until you meet the people who knew her, it's very sad.

"A lot of her friends were here and they were all in shock, it's terrible."

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319688.

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