Wakefield man accused ofmidwife’s death

Court Snatch - Jeffrey Walton. (W515A235)

Court Snatch - Jeffrey Walton. (W515A235)

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A RYHILL man will face trial after pleading not guilty to causing the death of a midwife after a smash.

Jeffrey Walton, 51, appeared at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday charged with causing the death of 36-year-old Maria Micklethwaite by careless or inconsiderate driving in Slack Lane, South Hiendley.

Walton, of Station Road, Ryhill, pleaded not guilty to the charge and will be tried at Leeds Crown Court.

Mrs Micklethwaite, who was from Carlton, Barnsley, was killed when her pedal bike was involved in a collision with a Ford Focus, which was being driven by Walton, just before 3.30pm on January 13.

Mrs Micklethwaite – who was a midwife at Rotherham Hospital - died after the crash.

The Wakefield Express understands she had been married just a few months before the crash.

She had delivered more than 200 babies at the hospital where she works.

Friends and family of the midwife have arranged a series of fundraising events in her memory and have raised almost £7,000 since the crash to help causes including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Walton was given unconditional bail and will appear before Wakefield Magistrates’ Court on October 24, when it is expected he will be sent to Leeds Crown Court for trial.