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Driver charged with causing death of teenage girl

Ingrid Messenger

A Wigton man has appeared before District Judge Gerald Chalk at the North and West Cumbria Magistrates Court in Carlisle after a 13-year-old girl died in a road traffic collision.

Tony Packenham, 47,  is charged with causing the death of Ingrid Messenger by allegedly driving a Land Rover Defender on the C1036 road, Broadfields.

The collision occurred at the crossroads outside the Crown Inn, Broadfield Common, between Stoneraise and Ivegill around 2.20pm on February 18, 2019 there were two other vehicles involved, a car and a Sprinter van.

Packenham also faces two charges, that he allegedly caused serious injury by dangerous driving.

The driver of the car was the mother of Ingrid Messenger, aged 13, who was a back seat passenger in the car, her sister Erikka Messenger then aged 14, was the front seat passenger.

The driver, their mother Catriona, aged 43 at the time, was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary Newcastle,  she was thought to have suffered life-threatening injuries at the time, the older daughter was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle with minor injuries. The family live in the Dalston area.

Packenham also faces a charge of committing an act with intent to pervert the course of public justice,  this allegation is an accusation that he deliberately discarded an SD card which contained dash cam footage recording the speed of the car and the collision.

Because of the serious nature of these allegations this case can only be heard by a judge,  Packenham of Station Hill, Wigton, will appear at Carlisle Crown Court on December 18.  His lawyer informed the judge there will be an indication of a guilty plea, at Crown Court, he was released on unconditional bail.

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