The funeral of two young cousins who died following a horror smash in Oldham on New Year’s Eve will take place on Monday.
Helena Kotlarova,12, and Zaneta Krokova, 11, were holding hands when they were hit by a dark blue Peugeot 807. The incident took place around 7.15pm on Ashton Road, Hathershaw, on Saturday December 31.
Friends and family of Helena Kotlarova and Zaneta Krokova will gather to pay their respects to the tragic pair.
Helena, 12, died immediately after she was struck by the car. Her 11-year-old cousin Zaneta, was left seriously injured and died in hospital two days later.
Their deaths caused an outpouring of grief from their devastated families. Tributes poured in from their schools and members of the Oldham community.
Gabor Hegedus is accused of killing the two girls.
The 38-year-old appeared before magistrates earlier this month. He is charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
He is also charged with driving without a licence, failing to stop after a collision and failing to report the collision.
David Orsos, 18, Janos Kalanyos, 50, and Zoltan Peto, 49, also all from Oldham, have been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
They will all appear at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on 1 February for a pre-trial preparation hearing.
The girls’ funeral will be held at St Paul’s C of E Church on Ashton Road on Monday.
Following the service, a procession will leave the church at around 12.30pm.
A series of temporary road closures will be in place between noon and around 2pm, as the procession makes its way through the town.
Starting from Ashton Road, it will go down Nield Street, Copsterhill Road and Hollins Road, Limeside Road. It will finish at Oldham Crematorium on Roman Road.
Council chiefs are working with police to keep disruption for motorists to a minimum.
Volunteers will help divert drivers, but people are advised to avoid the area as delays will be inevitable.