TWO men have appeared in court charged in connection with a crash which killed a trainee hairdresser in the Forest of Dean.
Popular Leanne Davies died when a Vauxhall Corsa crashed into a wall on the A4136 near the war memorial in Longhope.
The driver of the vehicle Paul Reddan, who suffered serious injuries in the smash on May 31, last year is charged with causing her death by dangerous driving.
The 20-year-old of Stafford Close in Broadwell, Coleford, is yet to enter a plea to the charge.
Reddan was alleged to have been racing with Matthew Creed, 18, who was driving a Renault Clio on the night of the smash.
Creed of Glenoak in Brierley, Drybrook, is also charged with causing her death by dangerous driving and a further charge of perjury.
He is also yet to make a plea, but Gloucester Crown Court heard the pair both intend deny the offences.
Prosecutor Julian Kesner told the court the case against them had been delayed as twice the Crown Prosecution Service had lost the police road traffic collision investigation report.
He said it had led to the CPS taking three months to make a decision on whether to charge the pair.
He told the judge he had been given the document and would ensure it was sent to the defence solicitors.
When hearing the CPS had lost the document twice, Judge Jamie Tabor QC, said: “Again? You almost would not believe would you?”
A trial, expected to last five days, will take place on October 13, following a plea and case management hearing on June 9.
Bubbly 19-year-old Leanne was an apprentice hairdresser at The Beauty Spot in Coleford.
Her parents described the former Lakers School pupil as “beautiful, bubbly and kind”.
Leanne from Lydbrook left behind her dad, Paul, mum Heather, and younger brothers, Luke and Mitch.
Her dad, a lorry driver said shortly after the crash: “I just want people to know how much she was loved and will be missed. I want her to know that. She had so much to look forward to.”
Mrs Davies said the teen would do anything for anyone and added: “I feel like I took her for granted now.
“If I needed a loaf of bread she would say ‘it’s okay mum I’ll get it’.
“If her brother needed picking up from fishing she would offer to get him.
“It’s difficult. We miss her so much.
“She would text me every day. I keep waiting for another text to come through even though I know it won’t.”
Following the crash more than 100 people let go of balloons and laid flowers close to the site of the crash.