A driver who caused the death of his two passengers during a high-speed police chase has pleaded guilty.

Karl Aaron Maddix, of no fixed address, crashed his Audi A3 hatchback into a bridge in Seven Sisters Road in the early hours of March 29, 2013.

The 31-year-old caused the deaths of his passengers and friends Gregory Jones, 38, and Shaka Henry, 33, both of whom were from Islington, north London.

Maddix pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving when he appeared at Wood Green Crown Court this morning.

The accident took place when Islington police became suspicious of a car that appeared to make off at speed when they drove past in the opposite direction.

After several minutes searching for the Audi, the officers sighted it several hundred metres away and sought to catch up.

Maddix drove through a red light before he clipped a white van and subsequently collided with a bridge on Seven Sisters Road near to the junction with St Ann’s Road.

His passengers suffered multiple chest injuries and died at the scene, despite police giving CPR.

A man who witnessed the crash said the 31-year-old suffered minor injuries and tried to make off on foot but was quickly caught by officers.

In 2006, Maddix was convicted of driving without insurance and banned from driving.

Shortly before the crash which left his two friends dead, the 31-year-old was also arrested for driving without a licence. Maddix has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on at 2pm on March 6.

The court decided to take no further action against Maddix for two counts of causing death while uninsured and two counts of causing death while driving without a licence.