Megan Bannister death: Two men charged with manslaughter

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Megan Bannister’s family said she was bright, clever and responsible

Two men have been charged over the death of a teenager whose body was found in the back of a car after a crash with a motorbike.

Megan Bannister, 16, from Leicester, was dead before the collision in Enderby, on Sunday, said police.

Jason Burder, 28, of Braunstone Avenue, Leicester, and Adam King, 27, of Waltham Avenue, Leicester, were charged with gross negligence manslaughter.

They are due to appear before Leicester Magistrates’ Court later.

The force revealed Megan’s injuries were not consistent with a crash, but a post-mortem examination was inconclusive.

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Megan attended Wigston College, which is part of the Wigston Academies Trust

Megan was due to take the first of her GCSE exams on Tuesday, said her school. She wanted to become a midwife.

Her family said in a statement: “Megan was our beautiful, talented, loving daughter and sister, and our hearts have been utterly broken by her death.

“The thought of life without Megan is impossible to imagine, and we cannot adequately express in words the sense of numbness and overwhelming grief we feel at her loss.

“She was bright, clever, and a responsible person who loved her family and her many friends.

“She had a strong self-will and had set her heart on training to becoming a midwife.

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Two men, aged 27 and 28, are due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court

“Knowing how confident and determined she was, we have no doubt she would have realised that dream.”

Wigston College, where Megan was a student, said in a statement: “Megan was funny, friendly and good.

“She was popular and had a wide range of friends. She liked people and they liked her and this is how we will remember her.

“Our thoughts are very much with her family at this impossibly difficult time.”

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