A former footballer has admitted causing the deaths of a “loving” and “devoted” married couple by driving dangerously moments before a horror motorway smash.
Ex-Barnsley striker Steven Bennett’s truck was involved in a multi-vehicle accident on the M56 on September 19, 2019, which killed Richard and Angela Wong.
Mrs Wong, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene and Mr Wong, 62, died in hospital three days later while five other people suffered minor injuries.
Bennett, 29, who made a handful of first-team appearances for the Tykes during their 2010/11 Championship season, has been told to expect jail time for his crimes.
He was due to stand trial at Chester Crown Court yesterday but instead pleaded guilty to two counts of death by dangerous driving.
The defendant had previously denied the charges and is due to be sentenced before the same court next month.
Before adjourning the hearing, Judge Simon Berkson said: “Steven Bennett, you have pleaded guilty to two serious allegations.
“The only sentence the court can impose is an immediate custodial sentence.
“This building is not equipped to deal with this today, nor is the court ready as matters have to be put to the court in your benefit and the benefit of the family of the deceased.”
Bennett was due to stand trial at Chester Crown Court yesterday but instead pleaded guilty to two counts of death by dangerous driving (
Mr and Mrs Wong’s son and daughter paid tribute to the ‘devoted’ couple in the wake of their deaths last year.
In a statement, their children said: “Angela and Richard were loving parents and grandparents, as well as a loving brother and sister.
“They were a devoted couple who had been married for 37 years and were well loved by all those who were fortunate to have known them – they touched the hearts and enriched the lives of everyone who knew them.
“Our parents leave behind two children, two grandchildren and an extensive family and group of friends who are all devastated by their sudden loss – they will be truly missed by everyone who knew them.
“We are forever grateful to have had them as our wonderful parents – we love them very much and they will be forever in our hearts.”