Mum ‘on the run’ after being accused of killing son and daughter in car crash

A mother accused of killing her own son and daughter in a crash on the M1 in Buckinghamshire is feared to be on the run after failing to appear in court.

Mary McCann, 35, was due to appear before Judge Francis Sheridan at Aylesbury crown court on Friday to answer two charges of causing death by dangerous driving.

The judge issued a warrant, not backed for bail, for her arrest saying he wanted the Home Office to put ports and airports on alert for her.

Judge Francis Sheridan said: “It is most likely she will flee to Ireland. This is a sad case, but by absconding to avoid the indictment being put, is in my view tactical.”

McCann, of Derby, was driving a white Vauxhall Astra that collided with a Scania HGV shortly after 11pm on Monday August 9.

Her son Smaller, 10, and daughter Lilly, 4, were killed in the crash on the northbound carriageway between junctions 14 and 15, near Milton Keynes.

The lorry driver was unhurt, but the motorway was closed for 12 hours.

A family member previously claimed McCann was driving back from a party in London.

Prosecutor Heather Stangoe told the judge: “Unfortunately, we do not know where [McCann] is.

“We were informed through her solicitor that they had failed to make contact with the defendant.”

Defence barrister Laban Leake said: “The funerals [for the children] were on Monday and Tuesday.”

He added: “We know nothing of her state of mind.”