Ferrari Driver Charged Over Hampshire Teenager's Death

A man's appeared in court charged with causing the death of a 13-year-old boy when he crashed a £1.2 million Ferrari in Hampshire.

Matthew Cobden, 38, of Long Lodge Drive, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court in connection with the crash which killed Alexander Worth.

The accident happened after Cobden had been unloading the Ferrari F50 for a photoshoot for Evo supercar magazine in North Warnborough on 22 August last year.

It is alleged that when Alexander, of Kings Worthy, near Winchester, asked if he could take a photograph of the car, Cobden offered to take him for a ride.

The short journey ended when the mid-1990s supercar crashed into fencing. Alexander was killed and Cobden was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

Cobden spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address during the brief hearing.

District Judge Philip Gillibrand told him: 

``I have declined jurisdiction. I am sending this case to Winchester Crown Court where you must attend on July 26 on unconditional bail.''

Speaking to Alexander's family, he said: 

``Can I express my sympathy to you? I lost my brother in a road traffic accident.

``I am afraid I could not face the hearing. I think you are very courageous, I offer my sympathies and also for your future.''

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