Fugitive mum, 35, charged with killing her two kids in M1 horror crash 'could change her appearance' after going on run

A FUGITIVE mum charged with killing her two kids in a horror car crash could change her appearance after going on the run, police warn.

Mary McCann, 35, failed to appear in court on Friday to answer two charges of causing death by dangerous driving following the fatal smash on the M1.

She had been due to appear before Aylesbury Crown Court, but Judge Francis Sheridan issued a warrant – not backed for bail – for her arrest after her "tactical" escape.

He also urged the Home Office to put ports and airports on alert for her.

Police have released a photo of McCann, from Derby, to help the public trace her, but warned she may have made herself look different in a bid to go unnoticed.

They described her as white, 5ft 1in, of medium build with brown hair and blue eyes.

She speaks in with an Irish accident and is known to have links to Derby, Huntingdon, Luton, the Notholt and Uxbridge areas of London, and also the Republic of Ireland.

Judge Sheridan said: "It is most likely she will flee to Ireland.

"This is a sad case, but by absconding to avoid the indictment being put, is in my view tactical."

The mother-of-two, of Derby, was driving on the northbound carriageway between junctions 14 and 15, near Milton Keynes, when her white Vauxhall Astra collided with a lorry.

Her "superhero" son Smaller, was killed in the devastating collision on his 10th birthday along with her four-year-old "princess" daughter Lilly, on August 9 at around 12.10am.

The funerals of the tragic pair were held earlier this week.

The driver of the Scania HGV was unhurt, but the crash caused travel chaos as the motorway was closed for 12 hours.

McCann was taken to hospital suffering from shock along with her third child who was a passenger with her siblings, before she was later arrested.

Another family member earlier told how McCann had been driving back from a party in London.

Prosecutor Heather Stangoe told the judge: "Unfortunately, we do not know where she is.


"We were informed through her solicitor that they had failed to make contact with the defendant.

"Her bail address was her sister’s and she is not there. It was the funeral of her children this week.

"Her one-year-old child is with the grandmother and is safe."

Defence barrister Laban Leake: "The funerals were on Monday and Tuesday.

"She is no longer at the aunt’s address. She gave a telephone number (for her).

"An attempt was made to contact that number, but there was no response.

"We know nothing of her state of mind."

This is a sad case, but by absconding to avoid the indictment being put, is in my view tactical.

Sergeant Dominic Mahon, of the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit, said today: "We are appealing for the public’s help in locating Mary McCann after she failed to appear at court in connection with a fatal road traffic collision in Milton Keynes.

"We believe that it may be possible for McCann to try to alter her appearance.

"If anyone believes they recognise McCann, or has any information as to her whereabouts, then please get in touch with Thames Valley Police.

"We do not believe that she poses a danger to the wider public".

Anyone who sees McCann should call 101 quoting reference number 43210356500, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online.

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