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The Guardian - UK
The Guardian - UK
Jamie Grierson

Man charged as pregnant woman dies in motorway crash

Frankie Jules-Hough in an undated handout photo taken from GoFundMe
Frankie Jules-Hough in an undated handout photo taken from GoFundMe. Photograph: Family Handout/GoFundMe/PA

A pregnant woman has died after a motorway crash that also left her son and nephew badly hurt.

Frankie Jules-Hough, 38, was fatally injured at about 3.10pm on Saturday on the M66 in Bury, Greater Manchester. Her son Tommy, nine; Tobias Spencer, four, who is believed to be her nephew; and her other son, Rocky, two, were also hurt.

Adil Iqbal, 22, from Accrington, Lancashire, who was allegedly driving a BMW, has appeared in court charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of Jules-Hough, along with the two other charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, relating to the two boys.

When Iqbal appeared at Manchester magistrates court on Monday, lawyers confirmed that Jules-Hough had died.

At the brief court hearing, Robin Lynch, prosecuting, gave details of the incident, saying Jules-Hough was driving a car carrying three children. He added: “The driver is now deceased.”

Iqbal, wearing a grey tracksuit, spoke only to confirm his name and address, and looked over to his father, uncle and younger brother sitting in the public gallery of the court.

District Judge James Hatton remanded Iqbal in custody to appear at Minshull Street crown court in Manchester on 19 June.

A GoFundMe appeal for the family of Jules-Hough set up by a friend said she was 18-weeks pregnant expecting a daughter.

The appeal said Tommy and Tobias were in induced comas in intensive care in hospital.

The family of Jules-Hough paid tribute to her on Facebook.

Sherrie Jean-Louise said: “There are no words for how I feel right now. Life can be horribly cruel – a beautiful soul, friend, sister, daughter, Mamma & Mamma-to-be taken way too soon and in the most tragic way! I’m heartbroken and filled with so many ‘ifs and buts’.”

Rebecca Adimora wrote: “I can’t believe this. Franki you will be sorely missed by so many. We love you infinitely earth angel, fly high, this realm may just not have been destined for your loving soul and your unborn angel, you will shine beyond this my love.”

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