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Cockermouth man charged after fatal A66 collision

Matthew Leggett

A Cockermouth man has appeared in court accused of failing-to-stop or report a road traffic collision in which as a consequence a fatality occurred.

Matthew Paul Leggett, 24, of Brigham Road, Cockermouth, appeared at North and West Cumbria Magistrates Court, in Carlisle today [Thurs].

He is charged with three alleged offences of, being the driver of a vehicle that failed to stop after a road accident whereby personal injury was caused to another person, namely James Greenwood. No-pleas were given today.

Leggett is also charged with driving a motor vehicle dangerously, on A66, A591 and B5291 roads, near to the Peil Wyke, Castle Inn, Long Bottom, Setmurthy Woods.

James Greenwood

The collision relates to an incident around 12.30am on the A66 road at Braithwaite, West Cumbria, on or about April 7,  shortly after the collision occurred between a silver BMW 1 Series, a pedestrian died, he was James Greenwood aged 61, from Market Drayton, Shropshire, the road was closed for over five-hours while a forensic collision investigation was carried out.

District judge Gerald Chalk sent the cases to be heard at Carlisle Crown Court on January 14, 2019.

The family of Mr Greenwood made a statement after the tragic accident, saying; “It is with great sadness that Jimmy was tragically taken from us.  A keen biker who had a larger than life personality with family and friends at the centre of everything he did.  His death has left a hole in our family that will never be.”

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