Man denies causing death of woman, 21, who 'everyone fell in love with' in crash

-Credit: (Image: UGC Desmond L. Bannon & Sons Family Funeral Directors)
-Credit: (Image: UGC Desmond L. Bannon & Sons Family Funeral Directors)

A man has denied causing a woman's death by dangerous driving.

Kate Swale died aged 21 after a crash involving a grey Vauxhall Corsa and a silver Mercedes C180 on the M62 on May 27 last year. Jamie Hughes, of Belton Road in Huyton, has since been charged with causing her death by dangerous driving.

The 23-year-old appeared before Liverpool Crown Court this afternoon, Wednesday, to face this charge and a count of causing death by careless driving while unfit through drugs. Wearing a grey polo shirt and sporting short brown hair in the dock, he spoke to confirm his name and date of birth before pleading not guilty to these two charges.

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Hughes however admitted driving while above the specified limit for ketamine, and was handed an interim disqualification. He will now face a five-day trial before the same court, beginning on February 24 next year and was released on unconditional bail by Judge Brian Cummings ahead of a pre-trial review on February 7.

A JustGiving page raised more than £15,000 for Ms Swale's family following the fatal collision, which occurred shortly after midnight between junction five of the motorway for Roby and junction six at Tarbock Island. Her loved ones paid an emotional tribute in the wake of her death, saying in a statement: "From the moment Kate was born, everyone fell in love with her.

"She was idolised by her parents Pat and Marvin, her brothers, grandparents, aunties and cousins who were like brothers and sisters to her. Kate was adored by her boyfriend Jamie, who she had recently been on holiday with.

"Kate enjoyed travelling and she was looking forward to planning a summer holiday with her friends. Kate will be sadly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her."

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