First picture of man facing death crash charges

Stuart Rudd
Stuart Rudd

THIS is the first picture of the man facing multiple charges following the death of crash victim Isobelle Woodall.

Stuart Rudd, of Walkden Avenue East, appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court speaking only to confirm his name and address.

Isobelle Woodall

Isobelle Woodall

The 39-year-old former semi-professional football player is accused of dangerously driving a Ford Focus while under the influence of alcohol without a licence or insurance and causing the death of 19-year-old Isobelle as well as serious injury to her 27-year-old boyfriend Steven Inman.

Rudd, who played and coached at Salford City, which is now owned by a host of ex-Manchester United stars including Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, entered no plea and has been bailed appear at Liverpool Crown Court on December 9.

He must adhere to a curfew at his home address between 10pm and 5am, not contact witnesses or relatives of the victim or drive a motor vehicle on a road or any public place.

Isobelle, who was from Welshpool in Wales, had been visiting family in Wigan when tragedy stuck.

She was travelling as a passenger in a car with Steven along Central Park Way on Sunday, August 16.

Police were called to the scene, close to the Tesco supermarket, at 9.15pm after reports of a collision between two cars.

Officers attended and established that a white Ford Focus ST had crashed into the black Peugeot 206 in which Isobelle and Steven were in.

The teenager had sustained serious head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Steven, who is from Bury, also suffered head injuries and was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

The driver and passenger of the Focus both sustained a fractured pelvis.

In the days following the incident, floral tributes were placed along the wall close to where the crash happened.

In a statement, Isobelle’s family described her as “a happy, fun loving and affectionate girl”.