Man charged following Shap horse deaths RTC

Man charged following Shap horse deaths RTC

A man has been charged after an elderly male horse rider was seriously injured and two horses died following an RTC near Shap.

Carl Bevan with one of his Champion horses & Daphne Taylor who grooms for him

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) Pride of Cumbria which is based near Penrith was called to the incident near to junction 39 off the M6 at 6:15pm, Friday 1 July.

Carl Bevan of Brackenber Farm, Shap who is in his 60’s sustained a serious chest, abdominal and leg injuries and a minor head injury. The other rider Ellen Dodd who in her 50’s suffered a minor knee injury.

Two Doctors treated the patients, one from the GNAAS and a local BEEP Doctor also attended.

Carl Bevan grooming for his daughter Helen

Mr Bevan was airlifted to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle in a serious but stable condition.  Mrs Dodd was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary by road ambulance.

The collision occurred at the top of the M6 Jct 39  north bound exit slip road, when a Jaguar X Type car travelling north came off the motorway at jct 39 and collided with the two horses and their riders at the top of the slip road.

Both horses were killed in the incident.

The driver of the Jaguar Mr Harold Burtwistle, aged 70, of Rectory Lane, Standish, Wigan, has been charged with drink driving, driving without due care and attention and driving otherwise in-accordance with his licence.

He has been bailed to appear at Carlisle Magistrates Court at 9:30am on 18 July.