Woman, 80, fined £1,600 after causing a crash which killed her close friend


A woman has been fined £1,600 for causing a crash which killed one of her close friends.

Maire Gibson and her friend Beryl Moss had been travelling along Long Lane in Burland, near Nantwich, at around 2.50pm On October 9, 2019, when tragedy struck.

The 80-year-old, driving a blue Honda CRV, had stopped at the junction with the A534 Wrexham Road in order to turn right but attempted to pull out in front of a HGV.

Despite slamming on the brakes and trying to swerve out of the way, the 52-year-old Wrexham man driving the HGV was unable to stop in time and collided with the driver’s side of the car.

Both women sustained serious injuries as a result of the collision and were taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital. Nine days later on October 18, Beryl, aged 80, sadly died of her injuries.

Yesterday Mrs Gibson, of Wrexham Road, Bulkeley, appeared at Crewe Magistrates Court and, after earlier pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, was fined and banned from the roads for 12 months.

She was also ordered to pay a £160 victim surcharge and must retake her driving test before she can drive again.

Following the sentencing, Police Constable Iain Condliffe, of the Serious and Complex Collision Investigation Unit at Cheshire Police, said: “This was a tragic incident which sadly resulted in the death of an 80-year-old woman.

“This has been devastating for both Beryl’s family, and for Mrs Gibson, as the pair were such close friends.

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“Hopefully a positive can come out of this tragedy by it convincing other motorists of the need to always drive safely and be patient at junctions.

“As this incident shows, taking chances behind the wheel can lead to devastating consequences for all concerned.

“Our thoughts remain with Beryl’s family at this difficult time, and we hope that they can begin to move forward with their lives.

“We also hope that the conclusion of this case will provide some closure for the driver of the HGV involved in the incident.

“Through no fault of his own, he has been left with the memories of what happened that day, something which he will no doubt never be able to forget.”

Beryl’s family said: “Mrs Gibson was a good friend to Beryl over many years and had helped her to live independently since the loss of Beryl’s husband, Sam.

“Beryl was hugely appreciative of her kindness and friendship and we are very grateful to Mrs Gibson for this. As well as being seriously injured herself, she has keenly felt the loss of her friend.

“Beryl was very well known and loved in her community and her work as a midwife brought many new lives into that community. We are proud to have called her our sister.

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David Keane, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, added: “Road safety is one of my key priorities, and tragic incidents such as this is the reason why.

“Collisions are the biggest killer in Cheshire and sadly Beryl was one of 36 people who lost their lives on our roads in 2019.

“That’s 36 people who didn’t come home and 36 families who had their whole worlds completely shattered.

“One death is too many and there has been too many deaths and serious injuries in Cheshire in recent times that were caused by certain driving behaviours.

“I applaud the officers involved in this case for their hard work to achieve justice for the victim’s family and I am committed to continuing to work with Cheshire Constabulary and partner agencies to reduce the number of serious incidents on our roads and motorways.”





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