Woman dies as walk in country ends in tragedy

The scene above Tholt-y-Will where a woman was killed on Saturday evening

The scene above Tholt-y-Will where a woman was killed on Saturday evening

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A 30-year-old man from St John’s has appeared in court following an incident in which a woman died.

Donovan Bradley Kitching was charged with several offences including causing death by dangerous driving after the incident at Tholt-y-Will on Saturday afternoon.

Mr Kitching appeared in court yesterday and was remanded in custody after his appearance and will next appear in court on Tuesday May 6. He is expected to be committed to the Court of General Gaol Delivery in due course.

A second man was arrested by police after the accident, which happened at around 4pm on the stretch of road around 200 yards above the reservoir entrance. He was later bailed pending further investigations.

Walker David Griffiths stumbled upon the aftermath of the accident after walking down from Druidale earlier in the afternoon.

‘I walked down past the reservoir and came out by the chapel and bridge some time around 5pm,’ he said.

‘I was going to walk across to the tearooms, then I saw a policewoman standing on the bridge looking down the river, and there were also two police dogs. Then a man came over who I took to be a local resident and he told me there had been a fatal road accident.’

A large number of vehicles parked up near the reservoir entrance suggested the location of the accident was perhaps a couple of hundred yards higher up the road above the reservoir.

‘As I walked back up I could see about half a dozen cars parked on the bend just above the plantation. I walked back to the car and drove along the Druidale Road towards Ballaugh and up at the top of the road there was another police car parked looking back towards Tholt-y-Will.’ he said.

A Tholt-y-Will resident said he had been out at the time of the accident and the road was closed when they tried to return.

‘We were allowed through to get back home around midnight,’ he said.

‘But I can’t say any more than that.’

The Tholt-y-Will road has been closed to through traffic since February while work is completed on a retaining wall near the tea rooms. It is due to re-open later this week.

Police have stressed the accident was unconnected with the classic sprint and hill climb taking place that day using the mountain road nearer Ramsey.

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