A LORRY driver has appeared in court charged with murder following a road smash in July.
John Gareth Stubbs, 27, of Royle Street, Northwich, appeared at Chester Crown Court accused of murdering David Parsonage.
He was charged in relation to an incident at about 2pm on Monday, July 25, in which the 37-year-old Rudheath man died. Mr Parsonage, who worked for a scrapyard, was travelling along the Manchester-bound carriageway of the A556 when his white Ford Orion left the road near the picnic area at Lostock and collided with a tree.
The devoted dad, who leaves partner of 20 years, Amanda Parsonage, and son, Ben, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Stubbs was also charged with breaching his conditional bail after failing to report at Winsford police station.
But the charge was dismissed after it was explained that he had been ordered to report between 5-6pm, when the office closed at 4pm. There was evidence that he had attempted to report but been unable to.
Stubbs was granted conditional bail on the same terms as before except now he will report between 10am and noon.
He will appear again at Chester Crown Court in October to enter a plea.