Aidan McAteer, 23, charged with causing death by dangerous driving after four-year-old girl dies
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Aidan McAteer, 23, charged with causing death by dangerous driving after four-year-old girl dies

A MAN has appeared in court accused of driving a car which killed a four-year-old girl in Liverpool.

Violet-Grace Youens died after being struck on Prescot Road in St Helens, Merseyside on Friday, March 24.

Aidan McAteer, 23, from Prescot but of no fixed abode, has been charged in connection with the fatal road traffic collision.

He has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and theft of a motor vehicle.

He appeared at Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens Adult Remand Court, Derby Square this morning.

He was remanded in custody ahead of a hearing on April 26.

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Another man, Dean Ian Brennan, 27, has also been charged with assisting an offender, theft of a motor vehicle and the aggravating offence of allowing oneself to be carried within a stolen vehicle.

McAteer’s arrest came a day after his mother Alicia made an emotional appeal for him to return after police claimed he left the country on the evening of the crash.

Violet-Grace's grandmother, Angela French, 55, who was also hit by the car, remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition, Merseyside Police said.

Violet’s pancreas and both kidneys were donated following her death.

In a statement the family said that they were “devastated by the loss of their beautiful daughter but they wanted the organ donations to benefit other children and give them a chance to lead long and happy lives”.