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Lorry driver charged after Carlisle man killed in A66 crash

Timothy Harkness

A man has appeared in court following a fatal road traffic collision on the A66.

The collision, which involved two HGVs occurred at approx 5.40am on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Kirkby Thore.

HGV driver Rhys Gardiner, 24, appeared at the Rickergate, Magistrates Court in Carlisle, accused of allegedly causing the death of Timothy Harkness, 72, by driving a vehicle namely, a Mercedes Actros HGV dangerously on the A66 near Crackenthorpe in Cumbria.

The driver of the other HGV, Mr Harkness of Carlisle, unfortunately suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rhys Gardiner gave his address as Old Hall Road, Bentley, Doncaster;  he will next appear at the Crown Court in Carlisle on August 12, no-plea was requested as this offence is indictable only and must be heard by the higher court.

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