Pensioner charged with causing death of Leyland mum

Preston Crown Court.
Preston Crown Court.
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A pensioner has appeared in court charged with the death of a Leyland mum after she was struck by a car as she left a charity shop in the town.

Julie Dean, 54, died after a car mounted the kerb in Sumner Street, close to the junction with Hough Lane, last July.

She had just stepped out of the St Catherine’s Hospice shop in the town centre when she was struck by the Nissan Qashquai. Ann Diggles, 81, was charged with causing Mrs Dean’s death by dangerous driving and appeared at Preston Magistrates Court today.

During the brief hearing at Preston Magistrates’ Court, Mrs Diggles, who lives in Dalehead Avenue, Leyland, spoke only to identify herself and confirm she understood the proceedings. She has not yet entered a plea but the court heard Mrs Diggles is alleged to have been behind he wheel of the car when it struck Mrs Dean. The case has been sent to Preston Crown Court where Mrs Diggles will make her next appearance on April 7.