Teenage boys charged with Hope Dell's death face court

TWO teenage boys charged with the death of their friend after a car crash in December last year have had their matters heard in court this morning. 

Courtroom 3 of the Maroochydore Magistrates Court was packed with friends and supporters of Hope Dell and her family.

17-year-old Hope Dell
17-year-old Hope Dell

Hope was killed on December 11 when the car she was a passenger in, crashed on Caloundra Rd and struck a tree. 


Police will allege the driver, Jameson Mark Routledge, was taking part in an illegal street race moments before the smash. 

He has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, causing death while excessively speeding while taking part in an unlawful race. 

Luke Evan Chesher leaves the Maroochydore Magistrates Court.
Luke Evan Chesher leaves the Maroochydore Magistrates Court.

The second driver- Luke Evan Chesher-who was also travelling in the westbound lanes of Caloundra Rd- was charged with the same offences. 

The pair have been accused of street racing moments before the crash. 

Hope's mother Faye Read attended court yesterday, held up by a large group of family and friends. 

At her funeral, Hope was remembered as a joy to be around, a bright, confident, funny young woman with the world at her feet. 

Mr Routledge did not appear in court, however his lawyer sough an adjournment for a full committal mention on May 25. 

Mr Chesher appeared, with the support of his family, and his matter was also adjourned until May 25. 

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