An ex-soldier has appeared in court after a father and his two children died in a crash while out on a Father’s Day walk.
David Logan, 47, was brought into the dock with his arm in a sling, using a walking stick and with grazing on his face.
Logan, appearing at South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court, is accused of three counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
The supermarket worker spoke only to confirm his name, address and nationality during the five-minute hearing, and was remanded into custody.
Logan, of Broughton Road in Dalton, is alleged to have caused the death of Joshua Flynn, 37, his son Coby-Jay, 15, and daughter Skylar, 12.
The family were reportedly taking their Yorkshire terrier Troy out for a walk when they were hit by a Peugeot 206 on Abbey Road in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria.
Logan’s car allegedly mounted the pavement and struck them before hitting a tree at around 2.30pm on Sunday.
He was breathalysed, the results of which are being awaited, but he is not currently being charged with drink driving.
Peter Kelly, prosecuting, said: ‘The circumstances are, this is a tragedy for the family involved.
‘It is alleged the defendant has driven in a manner where he’s collided with three members of the public and a family pet as they were effectively minding their own business.
‘The Crown’s position is that the defendant is responsible for the deaths. The defendant was breathalysed at the scene, investigations are ongoing with that.
‘This has, perhaps understandably, generated substantial feeling with the local community.
‘The defendant resides in Dalton. He does not have an alternative address.’
There was no application for bail by Andrew Gallagher, the defendant’s solicitor.
Christopher Harris, chairman of the bench, remanded Logan into custody.
He said: ‘We have no alternative but to send this matter to the Crown Court at Preston on July 24 for a pre-trial hearing.’
In a statement, issued earlier by the Flynn family, they paid tribute to the ‘doting dad’ and his children.
They said: ‘From the minute we received this terrible news our whole world has been turned upside down and no words can describe how devastated we are feeling.
‘We are utterly heartbroken and upset by the loss of Joshua, Coby-Jay and Skylar.’