THE family of a Chester fitness instructor killed in a crash have paid tribute.

Jane Louise Hickson died following a crash between two vehicles on Liverpool Road on Sunday, November 5.

She was transported to the nearby Countess of Chester Hospital, where she passed away despite receiving treatment.

Mrs Hickson, of Upton Drive in Upton, was 57 at the time of her death.

Senior coroner Jacqueline Devonish opened an inquest into her death at Cheshire Coroner’s Court on Wednesday morning (November 22).

Cheshire Police has now shared a tribute from Mrs Hickson’s family.

It read: “Jane was fun loving and highly sociable and lived her life to the fullest. A devoted wife to John, and loving mother to Olivia and Patrick, daughter to Jean and Derek and sister to Tracy.

“She was very well known and loved across the community of Upton and the Chester area. She had worked in the fitness industry locally for 35 years and based her fitness and pilates business here.

"Jane was also involved in many other community-based groups like Scouts, School, and WI. She always gave more to these organisations than she took out.

“Her family and wide circle of friends are devastated by her tragic loss.”

This comes as Paul Wright, of Westenra Avenue in Ellesmere Port, was charged with death by dangerous driving.

At Chester Magistrates Court on November 7, the court heard the charge of death by dangerous driving was indictable only and Wright did not enter a plea at this stage.

Wright was bailed on condition he is electronically tagged and remains in the Ellesmere Port area, bordered by the M53, M56, A494 and A550, at all times, until he is due to appear at Chester Crown Court on December 5.

No mention of these legal proceedings was mentioned when the inquest was opened on Wednesday.

A case review will take place on January 21 ahead of the full inquest on November 29, 2024.