Tributes to sport director killed in crash

Debbie Charlton was killed in a car crash in Triangle
Debbie Charlton was killed in a car crash in Triangle

Thousands of people have paid tribute to an “outgoing” and “bright” Hipperholme woman who was killed in a multi-vehicle crash.

Debbie Charlton, 44, who was FC Halifax Town’s director of business development, died when the car she was a passenger in was involved in a crash on Rochdale Road, Triangle, at 8.30pm on February 14.

The 34-year-old male driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving whilst over the prescribed limit.

The man, who suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries in the crash, has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Tributes have been left for Miss Charlton, of Wakefield Road, Hipperholme, near to the scene of the crash, whilst FC Halifax Town has also received flowers and cards of condolence.

Chairman David Bosomworth said the club had been left devastated by the news of Miss Charlton’s sudden death.

“It’s such a tragedy. It’s just so sad. It’s so heart-wrenching,” he said.

“You quite often read about these things when they happen to other people, but when it happens to someone that’s close in your environment it’s really devastating.

“She’s a huge loss as a person around the club. At the end of the day it’s a tragic loss of a bright young lady. She had a lot of her life ahead of her and now, sadly, won’t get the chance to live it.”

Miss Charlton also held commercial and marketing roles at Bradford Bulls, Leeds Rhinos and Guiseley AFC.

An inquest into Miss Charlton’s death was opened and adjourned last week.