Manchester City Player Courtney Meppen-Walter Arrested After Fatal Car Crash

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2012

Courtesy of the UK Guardian
Courtesy of the UK Guardian

Manchester City player Courtney Meppen-Walter was arrested by police on Saturday night for "suspicion of causing death via dangerous driving," according to a report in The Guardian

The 18-year-old was detained after a silver Mercedes and a red Nissan Micra collided in north Manchester, killing a 32-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman and leaving two teenagers, believed to be 15 and 16, with serious head injuries. It is believed Meppen-Walter was driving the Mercedes. The 32-year-old man was driving the Micra with the 37-year-old woman in the front passenger seat and the two teenagers in the back, Greater Manchester police said.

The report also says that there was another man arrested under the same suspicion who was driving a grey Volkswagen. 

Manchester City has issued a statement on the situation that was also included in the Guardian report. 

It is a devastating tragedy for this family and also for the Greater Manchester community at large. Manchester City football club offers its heartfelt condolences to the family and all affected by the events of yesterday evening.

The situation is subject to an extensive investigation by Greater Manchester police and therefore we are unable to make specific comment on the incident itself at this time.

Meppen-Walter had been playing for Manchester City's under-18 squad and has been moved up to the under-21 unit, most recently in a match against the EDS NextGen Series squad, according to the club's website. He has been been with the club since 2010. 

We will keep you up to date on the situation if/when more information on Meppen-Walter and the arrest become available.