Man, 72, from Hitcham charged with death of 77-year-old great-grandmother from Essex by dangerous driving

Jean Harrison

Jean Harrison - Credit: Archant

A 72-year-old man has been charged with causing the death of a 77-year-old great-grandmother by dangerous driving.

Richard Williams, of Bury Road, Hitcham, near Hadleigh, made his first appearance on the charge before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich.

Williams is accused of causing the accident which claimed the life of Jeanette Harrison, of Clay Hills, Pebmarsh, Essex.

The tragedy occurred on January 26 last year as a result of a collision between two cars on the B1115 near Great Finborough.

Mrs Harrison had been a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra when it was involved in a collision with a Range Rover at 2.40pm.

Mrs Harrison died following the crash.

The clerk of the court told magistrates the case was so serious it could only be dealt with at a crown court.

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No plea was entered either by Williams or his solicitor Paul Booty during the short hearing.

Williams was told the matter was being sent to Ipswich Crown Court where his next appearance would be on August 15.

He was released on unconditional bail.

Williams and the driver of the Astra were also taken to West Suffolk Hospital after the collision.

The Astra driver was said to have sustained a fractured sternum, while Williams received minor injuries.

Shortly after the tragedy Mrs Harrison’s family paid tribute to her.

A statement of their behalf said: “We are all completely devastated and shocked at the sudden tragic loss of Jean.

“She was the most wonderful wife, mum, nan, great nanny and a very dear friend to so many.

“She was the kind of person you could never forget once you had met her, so beautiful – both inside and out, so happy, always making people smile and laugh.

“Our Jean was the kindest, warmest, most caring and generous person.

“She adored children and was absolutely devoted to her three grandchildren and two great granddaughters, who loved her dearly.

“We have been overwhelmed with the support and wonderful words received from family and many of her friends – a testament to how much she was loved by everybody.

“She will be very sadly missed by all who knew her. “