A TEENAGER is due to be sentenced later this month for causing the deaths of three people by dangerous driving in a crash on the M606 in Bradford.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared before a judge at Bradford Crown Court today.

Judge Richard Mansell QC set a date of August 30 for the 16-year-old to be sentenced for the three counts of causing death by dangerous driving on June 13.

A pre-sentence report has also been ordered.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sohail Ali and Simon McHugh died in the crashSohail Ali and Simon McHugh died in the crash

The teenager appeared before West Yorkshire Youth Court, at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court on July 4.

He admitted causing the deaths of 28-year-old taxi driver Sohail Ali, his 49-year-old passenger Simon McHugh and 18-year-old Kyden Leadbeater, on June 13 on the M606.

Mr Ali and Mr McHugh were pronounced dead at the scene, while Mr Leadbeater, a passenger in the van, died in hospital the following day. Another teenager in the van was seriously injured.

The court heard that prior to the crash, the van failed to stop for police, took a wrong turn on the slip road of the M606 and carried onto the motorway before striking a vehicle. Police did not follow when the van went the wrong way, the court heard.

The tragedy sent shockwaves across the city, prompting a huge outpouring of grief and shock.

Mr Ali was described by his family as a “hardworking, happy, gentle and kind individual”.

Ken Ives, from Zip Taxis, said: “Myself and everyone at Zip are in complete shock at what has happened to Sohail, one of our most popular drivers and friend to many."

Many touching tributes were also left to Mr McHugh.

One said: “I worked with Simon many years ago and he was genuinely one of the nicest chefs I have had the pleasure to work alongside.

“Our line will be a little darker without your light, rest in peace chef, our thoughts are with your family both at home and at work.”

Emma Woodward described him as the best boss she’d ever had and added: “Such a gent and kind soul. Always made me smile and helped me in every way he could.”

And one person said of Mr Leadbeater: "Cannot believe this you are really going to be missed by so many people."

Another said: “My heart is broken. I’ve cried for hours and hours for your mum and family. I have the best memories with you.”