A MAN accused of causing a death crash that killed an elderly couple has made his first appearance at court.

Kenneth Jarvis, 77, and Gillian Jarvis, 80, from Bicester both died after a collision which occurred south of Bicester Village and near the town's park and ride.

The crash between a Renault Kangoo van and a BMW X5 took place at the A41 and Vendee Drive junction, Bicester, at about 8.15pm on Wednesday June 12 last year.

The driver of the BMW was later charged in connection.

Tahid Abdul appeared at Oxford Magistrates' Court today facing two counts alleging that he caused death by dangerous driving.

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The 41-year-old of Wingate Close, Oxford, spoke only to confirm his name at the brief hearing and no formal plea was entered to either of the two charges he faces.

As both of the charges are 'indictable-only' the matter can only be heard at the upper court and not before magistrates at the lower court.

The case was therefore sent to Oxford Crown Court for a further hearing.

That hearing was listed to be held on March 5 and Abdul was released on bail in the meantime.

After the collision last year the family of the couple who died paid their own tributes and said they were 'absolutely devastated' by the sudden and tragic loss.

In a statement released through Thames Valley Police, the family said: "We are absolutely devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of mum and dad, granny and grampy.

“They were both loving parents, grandparents and great grandparents and they will both be greatly missed by us all.

“They have left a massive hole in our lives.

“We will treasure all the memories we shared together."