Berkshire

Man guilty of Chieveley dangerous driving death

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Image caption Katherine Howard died at the scene of the crash in February 2013

A pensioner has been convicted of causing the death of a 32-year-old woman by dangerous driving.

Michael Challis was driving towards Chieveley, Berkshire, when his car veered onto the wrong side of Priors Court Road and hit another car head-on in February 2013.

Katherine Howard's Nissan then hit Challis' car. She died at the scene.

A jury found the 71-year-old guilty at Reading Crown Court on Friday. He will be sentenced on 25 November.

Challis, of Lister Road, London, was remanded in custody and issued with an interim disqualification from driving.

'Tragic case'

In a statement, Katherine's family said: "We mourn the loss of a beautiful, loving, popular soul who brought happiness to all the people she knew.

"Her infectious happiness and loving nature lit up all our lives. Never again will we experience the joy of her familiar joyful personality ringing out in our home."

Speaking after the court hearing, PC David Beeson, from the serious collision investigation unit, said it was a "tragic" case.

"This has been a long and difficult investigation for Katy's family, over a period of 20 months.

"While this in no way can make up for their loss, I hope the outcome can help them to feel a sense of resolution in terms of the investigation."

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