Penge chase crash: Man charged over deaths of ‘incredible’ child actor, 10, and aunt


A man has been charged over the deaths of a child actor and his aunt who were hit by a car being chased by police.

Makayah McDermott, 10, and Rosie Cooper, 34, were walking along Lennard Road in Penge, south-east London, when the vehicle ploughed into them on Wednesday afternoon.

Joshua Dobby, 23, of no fixed address, will appear at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Friday, charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, Scotland Yard said.

Dobby is also charged with one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, two counts of causing death by driving while unlicensed and uninsured, and two counts of aggravated vehicle-taking.

Ms Cooper and Makayah were with his two sisters, 13-year-old twins Niyah and Yahla, and an eight-year-old girl who is also related to them when they were hit by the car at around 2pm.

The twins were trapped underneath the black Ford Focus but managed to crawl out when bystanders lifted the car off them.

All three girls were taken to hospital but have since been released.

Tributes have been paid to Makayah who was described as an “incredible child”.

Makayah and his sisters were all child actors. He attended the PSSA Beckenham drama school and had appeared in a number of musicals and plays.

He had also recently been signed up by a talent agency and had auditioned for TV series.

Sam Brown, managing director of Brown and Mills Entertainment said: “We had recently signed up Makayah along with his twin sisters, and all of us are in shock at the moment.

“They were a very talented family. He already had a few auditions for some TV shows and adverts and we had really high hopes for him because he was such a talented youngster.

“We are all shocked about what has happened and it is all very very sad because he had a bright future ahead of him.”

News Source TelegraphNews

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