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Family pays tribute to grandmother who died in collision in Denton

Joanne Whyte.

The grieving family of a grandmother who died in a collision on a main road in Denton have paid a heartfelt tribute to a woman who had a "brilliant sense of humour" and will be "missed enormously". 

Emergency services were called to reports of a collision between a white BMW 220D and a pedestrian on Ashton Road, shortly before 1am on Monday morning (12 July). 

The pedestrian - who was subsequently formally identified as 49-year-old Joanne Whyte - was taken to hospital where, despite the best work of hospital staff, she was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.

In a statement released via Greater Manchester Police, Joanne's family said: "Joanne Whyte - daughter of John, elder sister of John and Andrea, loving mother to Tom, Dan and Malachy and grandmother of Mia, Ethan and new baby Layla.

"Everyone who knew Joanne enjoyed her company and brilliant sense of humour. She will be missed enormously."

Bunches of flowers have been left in tribute to Joanne at the junction of Denton Road and Egerton Street in Denton. 

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old man from Hyde has been charged in connection with the collision. 

Connor Faulkner, of Peak Forest Close, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing death whilst disqualified, causing death whilst unlicensed/uninsured, failing to stop, failing to report and producing cannabis.

He has been remanded into custody ahead of an appearance at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester on Wednesday 18 August.

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone with information, or those who have dash-cam footage, to get in touch with them as a matter of urgency.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Sergeant Marie Eldred of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741, quoting incident number 195 of 12/07/21. Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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