Fatal crash victim named

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A PENSIONER pronounced dead after his car hit a tree has been named as ex builder Bill Appleton.

The 81-year-old, of Billinge, was driving a grey Nissan X-Trail along Ashton Road in Garswood when the crash occurred.

He was taken to Wigan Infirmary, but later died.

Police want anyone who witnessed the incident - which took place shortly before 8pm on December 21 - to come forward.

Ashton Road was closed until approximately 2am the following day while officers from Greater Manchester Police’s serious Collision Investigation Unit carried out inquiries.

Anyone with information about the collision can call police on 0161 856 4741.