A driver accused of knocking down and killing a 13-year-old boy just days before Christmas has pleaded not guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

James Lavine, 34, of Boundary Road in Wooburn Green, appeared at Reading Crown Court today (Monday, January 27) charged with one count of causing death by dangerous driving after 13-year-old Max Simmons was hit by a red Audi TT in Cookham on December 21.

Max was rushed to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford following the crash in Switchback Road North at around 1.25pm but sadly died of head injuries.


After pleading not guilty, Lavine will now face trial at Reading Crown Court on May 11.

Unemployed motor trader Lavine was arrested at the scene after Max was reportedly thrown into the air by the force of the crash.

In an emotional tribute after Max died, his mother said: "From one parent to all you parents out there, go home and hug your children.

"Just be there with them, hug them, tell them how much you love them, because Christmas presents are just stuff, love is free. Just love each other."