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Woman killed in wrong-side-of-the-road accident

Posted in: Car Accidents Road Traffic Accidents Wrongful & Accidental Death 

Cumbrian woman, Kathleen Bellas, 54, from Shap was killed outright on 12 January by a foreign driver driving on the wrong side of the road. Carlisle Crown Court heard how Ms Bellas’ Ford Focus collided with a lorry in an early morning road crash, and 52-year-old Adam Rybicki admits that he was in the wrong. The collision took place on the A6.

Mr Rybicki, who was uninjured by the collision, will face sentencing in March and has been remanded on bail on the condition that he stays at a Luton address. The case was adjourned by Judge Peter Hughes QC who requested that a pre-sentence report be prepared.

“a truly wonderful” person

Family and friends paid tribute to Mrs Bellas, who was mother to three children, describing her as “a truly wonderful” person. Mrs Bellas worked as a receptionist at Kendal’s Queen Katherine School and leaves behind husband Jeff, and children Nicola, Vanessa and Jeffrey as well as grandchildren William, Martha and Jude. She was described as someone with a huge lust for life, who was an enthusiastic keep fit fan and keen holiday-maker. She loved nothing better than going on overseas holidays with her husband and family, and had just returned from a holiday to Tenerife. 

Her colleagues at the Appleby Road school where she worked also issued a tribute to the “much loved” staff member.  They stated that: “She will be missed more than words can say”.

The police in Cumbria are still seeking witnesses and anyone with information should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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