Suspect named over death of woman 'everyone fell in love with'

Kate Swale
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A man has been charged with causing a young 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 now been charged with causing her death by dangerous driving.

The 23-year-old appeared before Liverpool Magistrates' Court this afternoon, Wednesday, to face this charge, as well as counts of causing death by driving without due care while unfit through drugs and driving while above the specified limit for ketamine. Wearing a navy blue coat over a dark green polo shirt in the dock and sporting short brown hair, he spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth during a brief hearing.

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Hughes was released on unconditional bail ahead of a further appearance before Liverpool Crown Court on June 26. He has not yet been asked to enter any pleas to the charges.

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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