Man admits killing teen girl in death crash

A Wigan man has admitted responsibility for a horror crash which cost a teenager her life.

Wednesday, 23rd March 2016, 9:24 am
Updated Wednesday, 23rd March 2016, 9:27 am
Isobelle Woodall

Stuart Rudd was remanded in custody pending sentence for causing 19-year-old Isobelle Woodall’s death by dangerous driving in a head-on smash on Central Park Way, Wigan, last August.

The 39-year-old from Walkden Avenue East, Springfield, also appeared before a Liverpool Crown Court judge yesterday to plead guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving to Isobelle’s boyfriend Steven Inman and to driving with excess alcohol.

Former semi-professional football player Rudd who played and coached at Salford City, was himself badly injured in the crash.

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Stuart Rudd

He was at the wheel of a white Ford Focus ST which ploughed into the black Peugeot 206 in which Isobelle and Steven were travelling in the opposite direction at 9.15pm on Sunday August 16.

Ms Woodall, from Welshpool in Wales, who it is believed was visiting relatives in Wigan, was pronounced dead at the scene and her 27-year-old boyfriend, who hails from Bury, suffered serious head injuries.

A passenger in the Focus, like Rudd, sustained a fractured pelvis.

In the days following the incident, floral tributes were placed along the wall close to where the crash happened.

Stuart Rudd

In a statement, Isobelle’s family described her as “a happy, fun loving and affectionate girl”.

Rudd yesterday also admitted driving without insurance and driving without a licence.

He was remanded in custody to await sentence on March 31.