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Man faces motorway death crash charge

Published date: 20 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MAN has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a former school teacher following a motorway collision near Chester.

Michael John Farrell, 35, of Close Lane, Alsager, is accused of causing the death by dangerous driving of grandmother Jennifer Jones, 65, of Welshpool, Powys, on May 23.

The incident, which involved a five-car crash, occurred on the M56, near to the junction of Chester Services.

Mrs Jones, who was travelling with four members of her family in the car at the time, was airlifted to the Countess of Chester Hospital where she later died.

One of her passengers required hospitalisation and three others were treated for minor injuries.

Following Mrs Jones’ death, a family statement read: “Jennifer was a deeply loved wife, mother, and grandmother, and an active and valued member of the local community.”

Farrell did not indicate a plea when appearing at West Cheshire Magistrates Court yesterday.

He will appear before Chester Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on April 15.

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