A499 crash: driver remanded over nurse’s death

Geograph (Steven Haslington)

A man accused of causing a fatal crash has been remanded in custody over Christmas.

Osian Hicks-Thomas from Criccieth is charged with causing the death of Ysbyty Gwynedd nurse Rebecca Louise by dangerous driving.

The Llanberis woman was killed in a three vehicle crash on the A499 at Penrhos, near Pwllheli, on Friday night (21st December). Her family have described her as a ”precious and beautiful lady”.

Thomas (20), from West End, is also accused of drink driving and failing to stop and report an accident.

During a brief Christmas Eve hearing, prosecutors told Llandudno magistrates that the police investigation into the crash was still at an early stage.

The defendant spoke only to confirm his name and address – he did not apply for bail.

Thomas was remanded in custody until he appears before a judge at Caernarfon Crown Court on Monday 14th January.

Family photo

In a tribute to Ms Louise released on Sunday evening, her family said ”she had an amazing future ahead of her before being stolen from us”. The nurse had only recently opened her own business.

They added: ”Rebecca was a happy, funny and bubbly 34 year old who touched everyone she met with her loving caring nature.”

”She was a daughter, granddaughter, sister, mother and friend who will be missed by everyone who knew her. Her partner, daughter, family and friends were the centre of her life.”

”Rebecca would be described as a very special lady by all who knew her and will leave a great hole that can never be filled.”

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