Two charged over fatal Wigan crash

23 April 2019, 11:35 | Updated: 23 April 2019, 11:38

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Two men have been charged after a fatal collision in Wigan over the weekend.

26 year old Joseph Pownall of no fixed address is charged with the following offences:

• Manslaughter
• Causing death by dangerous driving
• Two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving
• Kidnap
• Conspiracy to pervert the course of justice

He will be appearing at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday 23 April 2019) alongside 42 year old Steven Fairclough, also of no fixed address, who is charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Shortly after 5.45pm on Saturday 20 April 2019, police were called to Bickershaw Lane in Wigan to reports that three cars had collided – a black Volkswagen Polo, a silver Mercedes C220 saloon and a grey Volkswagen Amarok.

Police and Ambulance Services attended but sadly a 34-year-old woman, the driver of the Polo, later died at Hospital.

A 13-year-old girl a 29-year-old man traveling in the Polo were taken to hospital with serious injuries, where they remain in a stable condition.

A 4-year-old girl also in the Polo was taken to hospital for less serious injuries. She has since been released from hospital.

A 20-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving remains in police custody.

Enquiries to trace the occupants of the Amarok are ongoing.