Man arrested after posting ‘distressing’ photos of fatal car crash on social media


Lizzy Keenan, 30, who was killed in a crash in Chellaston, Derbyshire
Photo: Derbyshire Police/PA Wire
Lizzy Keenan, 30, who was killed in a crash in Chellaston, Derbyshire
Photo: Derbyshire Police/PA Wire

A man has been arrested after pictures of a fatal crash were posted on social media which “caused distress to members of the public”.

The man, 44, had allegedly put four photos on Facebook, with one breaching the malicious communications act, Derbyshire Police said.

The force said the images were posted on Monday, the same day as the crash which killed Lizzy Keenan, 30, on Derby Road in Chellaston, Derbyshire.

She was the passenger in a Vauxhall Corsa which hit a wall near the Maple Drive and Manor Road junction at about 3.10am.

The driver of the car, Richard Keenan, 23, of Hartshill Road, Swadlincote, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, driving under the influence of alcohol and criminal damage.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Derby Crown Court on September 19.

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire Police said: “A 44-year-old man has been arrested under the malicious communications act in connection with social media posts during the aftermath of the recent fatal collision in Chellaston.

“The arrest has been made after photographs posted on Facebook on the evening of Monday, August 20 caused distress to members of the public.”

The force said the man has now been released under investigation.

document.addEventListener(‘DOMContentLoaded’, function() {
if (!document.querySelectorAll(‘.widget.video.vms’).length) {
var s = document.createElement(‘script’);
s.type = ‘text/javascript’;
s.async = true;
s.src = ‘https://independent.mainroll.com/a/independent_floating_outstream.js?dfp_adunit_l1=InArticleVideo&dfp_adunit_l2=World_News&dfp_adunit_l3=Europe&dfp_adunit_l4=Britain&dart_articleId=37244736&dart_art_ID=37244736&dart_kw=%5B%22Derbyshire%20Police%22%2C%22Man%22%2C%22arrested%22%2C%22after%22%2C%22posting%22%2C%22distressing%22%2C%22photos%22%2C%22of%22%2C%22fatal%22%2C%22car%22%2C%22crash%22%2C%22on%22%2C%22social%22%2C%22media%22%5D&section=worldnews_europe_britain’;
document.getElementById(‘bb-outstream-37199872’).parentElement.appendChild(s);
}
});

#bb-iawr-inarticle- { clear: both; margin: 0 0 15px; }

Press Association

!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?’http’:’https’;if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+’://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js’;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, ‘script’, ‘twitter-wjs’);

(function() {
var zergnet = document.createElement(‘script’);
zergnet.type = ‘text/javascript’; zergnet.async = true;
zergnet.src = (document.location.protocol == “https:” ? “https:” : “http:”) + ‘//www.zergnet.com/zerg.js?id=46430’;
var znscr = document.getElementsByTagName(‘script’)[0];
znscr.parentNode.insertBefore(zergnet, znscr);
})();