A British motorist has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a crash which killed a popular horse trader.
Andre “Nick” Murphy, from Wexford, was changing a blown-out tyre on his horsebox on a motorway slip road in south Wales when the fatal collision happened last December.
The 56-year-old had been on his way back to Ireland after picking up a horse in Wales.
Now, almost six months on from the incident, Gwent Police have confirmed a development in their investigation.
A force spokesman said: “A 45-year-old man from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, arrested in connection with a fatal collision on a M4 sliproad near the Tredegar Park roundabout in Newport, has now been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.”
Following Mr Murphy’s death, scores of tributes were paid to the father-of-two.
The keen huntsman, former showjumper and showing enthusiast was described as “very family-orientated” by loved ones.
Daughter Annette told The Enniscorthy Guardian newspaper: “He was very well known for his welcoming character. He was always encouraging and helpful to everyone. He always said to me ‘If you try your best, that’s all that counts. It doesn’t matter where you come, because if you have done your best you have won anyway’.”
Mr Murphy’s partner, Julie Redden, said : “He touched so many people and he was so well known and so well loved across Ireland and England.”
Police said the man they had charged in connection with the incident will appear at Newport Magistrates’ Court later this month.