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Sunday, 01 March 2015

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Teenager faces Cumbria death crash charge

A teenager has been charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of a 42-year-old mum-of-three from Penrith.

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Louise Stoddart

Cyclist Louise Stoddart suffered fatal injuries after being injured in an accident on Fair Hill Road near the Bleak House caravan park, Greengill, Penrith, on Wednesday, June 3.

Cumbria police have confirmed that 18-year-old Matthew Lowther, of McAllister Way, Dumfries, has been charged with causing her death by dangerous driving.

Mrs Stoddart, who was with two other cyclists at the time, died at the scene.

After her death, Mrs Stoddart’s family, including her husband Dik, her son and two stepdaughters, issued a heartfelt tribute. They described her as “a fun-loving, caring and beautiful wife, mother, daughter and sister.”

They said: “She lived life to the full, an inspiration to all her family and many friends. We will never forget the happiness she gave to all who met her.”

Mrs Stoddart worked at Ullswater Community College for 11 years, latterly as a leader for teaching assistants.

Head Stewart Gimber said she had shown a passionate commitment to young people, and had cared deeply that every student, should be given every support, care and encouragement.

Lowther was charged on December 4 and is to appear at Carlisle Magistrates Court on January 13, 2010.

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