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Man accused of mowing down pedestrians - killing two

PUBLISHED: 15:53 01 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:06 23 August 2010

VENUE: Ashford International Sports and Social Club.

VENUE: Ashford International Sports and Social Club.

A MAN has appeared in court accused of killing two people when his car allegedly mounted the pavement, writes Ed Riley. On Monday Stefan Stanko, 24, of Russell Quay, West Street, Gravesend, appeared at Ashford Magistrates Court accused of causing death b

TRIBUTES: Mrs Head’s brother Colin Head (middle)

A MAN has appeared in court accused of killing two people when his car allegedly mounted the pavement, writes Ed Riley.

On Monday Stefan Stanko, 24, of Russell Quay, West Street, Gravesend, appeared at Ashford Magistrates Court accused of causing death by dangerous driving.

Mother-of-three Denise Head, 49, and Brian Moon, 67, a father and grandfather, died after being struck by a Nissan Primera in Beaver Road, Ashford, as they walked back with friends from a social club at 12.15am Sunday.

A 12-year-old girl was also injured in the incident. She remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition. Two other women in the group were sent to hospital but received less serious injuries.

DEAD: Denise Head.

Slovakian Mr Stanko, who spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address through an interpretor, faces two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, dangerous driving, failure to stop after a collision and driving with excess alcohol.

In a statement from Mrs Head's family relatives said: "She was full of love, generosity and kindness, and lived life to the full. She was very young at heart, and enjoyed going out with her daughters in Ashford. She had been had been looking forward to celebrating her 50th birthday and had been organising a joint party with her 30 year-old son."

Speaking outside court, Denise Head's niece Paige Head, 16, who was at the court with relative Emma Dungate and father Colin Head, Mrs Head's brother, said: "I didn't get to see her very often, but when I did she was always happy, never sad, she was cheerful all the time. She would say hello to everyone she would see. She was really loving and caring, We are all devastated she has gone."

Tributes left at the scene to Mr Moon said: "Granddad, thinking of you all the time, you will always be missed. You was a great granddad, love you loads."

Another read: "To the best dad and granddad. Rest in peace and you and mum can now look after each other. Thank you for all you have given over the years.

"If tears were a stairway, we would have enough to get to heaven and bring you both back."

A steady stream of mourners continued to lay flowers throughout the day on Monday. A mobile police station was set up at the scene. Debris from the remains of a wall which the car hit still littered the front garden of a house.

Steve Hughes, a steward at the Ashford Sports and Social Club where the group were enjoying a night out said: "They were all having a great time, everybody was enjoying themselves, they were having a night out with friends, and were all in good spirits.

"They both came in here a couple of times a week. Brian was retired, and Denise was enjoying life, but they have had it snuffed out."

Mr Stanko, who was remanded in custody, is due to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on October 12 for a preliminary hearing.

ed.riley@archant.co.uk

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