A man appeared at Wrexham Magistrates today, June 15, charged with causing the death of a Guilden Sutton cyclist by dangerous driving on the A483.
Polish national Damian Niepieklo, 22, who was said to be driving a Fiat van, also faced two other charges of failing to stop after the accident and failing to report it to the police.
The court appearance comes after cyclist Alan Cronin died following a collision on the dual carriageway, northbound near the Junction 7 Rossett turn-off, on Thursday afternoon.
Niepieklo had been remanded in custody by police and was brought up from the cells to hear the charges.
Flanked by two officers and dressed in a grey top, he confirmed his name and age, but no address was given for him during the short five minute hearing.
Magistrates declined jurisdiction of the case, given its serious nature and sent it to the Crown Court to be heard on Friday, June 26.
There was no application for bail. No pleas have been entered.
Alan was 'willing to do anything for anyone'
Heartbroken family and friends have spoken of their devastation following the incident last week.
In a statement the 60-year-old’s family said: “Alan was the best possible dad, husband, brother and partner to have, willing to do anything for anyone.
“He was always someone to turn to and had a solution to any problem.
“He was an active member of Chester Triathlon Club and loved being with the club, with friends and family.
“He was the most fantastic man and he’ll stay with us for the rest of our lives.”
And a moving tribute was made to the cyclist at the end of the formal presentation of winners at yesterday’s Deva Triathlon.
Close to tears, with his voice breaking throughout, Chester Triathlon Club chairman Andy Hamilton described how the loss of club member Alan Cronin had affected everyone over what he described as a ‘tough three days’.
Speaking from the bandstand on The Groves following yesterday morning’s race, Mr Hamilton said: “Alan would have loved to have been a part of today. He has been part of the club for so many years and he was tragically killed when he was out riding his bike. Something we all do. It was such a shame, such a loss.”
The northbound carriageway was closed off for several hours while police investigators worked at the scene.
An inquest will also probe Mr Cronin’s death at a later date.