Man due in court over crash near Sherborne that tragically took Charlotte Avis

A MAN is due to appear in court charged with causing death by dangerous driving after an incident near Sherborne that tragically took the life of Charlotte Avis.

The incident, on the A30 between Sherborne and Yeovil, happened at around 4.50pm on Thursday, December 2, 2022 and involved three cars – a silver Ford Zetec, a blue VW Passat and a silver Vauxhall Astra.

Sadly, 30-year-old Charlotte, from Milborne Port, died at the scene.

A young child from Milborne Port was also taken to hospital for treatment to serious injuries.

As part of the investigation by the Serious Collision Investigation Team, a 55-year-old man from Yeovil was arrested on suspicion of driving offences but later released without charge.

Now, a 40-year-old man from Yeovil has been issued with a postal requisition to appear at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, April 10, for offences of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

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After the tragic crash, Charlotte’s family paid tribute to the 30-year-old.

“The kind hearts of strangers and friends alike will forever be in our hearts in this time of need,” they said. “We are all so happy to hear about all the lives that Charlotte has touched.

“She had a strong personality and a strong sense of humour to match it, she had a way of getting on with most people that she had encountered throughout her life, being the eldest sibling her four brothers all looked up to her as a role model.

“Charlotte was a very bubbly person. She stood up for herself when she needed too. She was incredibly funny and knew exactly what to say when you needed her comfort or support.

“She lived her life by her three children, everything she did, she did for them.

“She was a very hard-working mum even though she had to give up work due to her health, she always did what she had to do to make sure none of them went without.

“She didn’t always have the easiest of lives, but she always found a way to get everyone together for a good laugh to cheer everyone up.

“She wasn’t just an amazing mum, she was a beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, auntie, niece and cousin to her ever-growing family.

“Again, we cannot thank the public or the police enough for everything they have done to help and support our family.”

I am the editor in chief of Blackmore Vale media, which includes the New Blackmore Vale, New Stour & Avon, Salisbury & Avon Gazette and the Purbeck Gazette, having been a reporter for some 20 years. In my spare time, I am a festival lover, with a particular focus on Glastonbury. I live in Somerset with my wife and two children.