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Pensioner charged with causing death of Carlisle woman by dangerous driving

Ann Copley

A PENSIONER has been charged with causing the death of a Carlisle grandmother by dangerous driving.

Colin Brown, who is 78, faces one charge arising out of a collision on the A66 near Penrith on Tuesday, 14th August, 2018.

This occurred just before 12-15pm close to the Llama Karma Kafe, east of the town, and involved a white Renault Master van and a Citroen C3, driven by Mrs Ann Copley.

Mrs Copley, who was aged 76 and lived at Montgomery Court in Carlisle, died following the collision.

Brown, of Upper Street, Layham, near Ipswich, in Suffolk, faces a charge which alleges he caused her death by driving the Renault Master dangerously on that date.

Brown was not present, due to health issues, when the case came before District Judge Gerald Chalk at North and West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court this afternoon (THURS). He was, however, represented by lawyer Nina Lewis.

No plea was entered on his behalf, and District Judge Chalk committed the case to Carlisle Crown Court, where it is due to come before a judge for a plea and trial preparation hearing on July 28.

In the meantime, Brown was placed on unconditional bail by District Judge Chalk.

In a statement issued following the collision, Mrs Copley’s family spoke of being “devastated” by the death of much loved mum who adored her grandchildren, and who was “full of joy” and “the life and soul”.

Police had issued a public appeal following the collision for any witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage to come forward.

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