Woman convicted following fatal collision in Kelsall Date published: 18th April 2018 7.51am

A woman has been found guilty of causing death by careless driving following a fatal collision in Kelsall.

Catherine Routhwaite, 65, was found guilty at Chester Crown Court on Friday 13 April in relation to a fatal collision on the A54.

Routhwaite, of Willow Hayes, Aston Hayes, was sentenced to 150 hours community service, was disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay £3,500 in costs.

The collision took place shortly after 6pm on Monday 7 November 2016 when a blue Hyundai Coupe, driven by Routhwaite, collided with a red Aprilia motorbike, which was travelling towards Northwich.

Sadly, the rider of the motorbike, 21-year-old Ashley O’Dowd from Winsford, sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene.

An investigation by Cheshire’s Roads Policing Team revealed that Routhwaite had not seen the motorbike when she was turning off Kelsall Road onto Ashton Lane. As a result her car crossed the path of the motorcyclist and the two vehicles collided.

PC Geraint Williams, a Roads Policing Investigator, said: “This was a heart-breaking incident which has resulted in a young man having his life tragically cut short. Ashley’s family have been deeply affected by his death and their lives will never be the same again.

“I would also like to thank all of the witnesses involved in the case – especially those who stopped at the scene and attempted to help Ashley following the collision.”