Tributes Paid Following Fatal Collision Near Abergele

Tributes Paid Following Fatal Collision Near Abergele


Sunday 24th Jan 2021


The family of a 58-year-old woman who died following a road traffic collision between a pedestrian and a car near Gwrych Castle on Saturday evening have paid tribute to her.

Photograph of Sharn Hughes

Sharn Iona Hughes, from Prestatyn was sadly pronounced dead at the scene after colliding with a blue Volvo estate car on the A547 Abergele Road at a location known as Middle Gate at around 5pm on Saturday, November 21st.

Her family and friends have issued the following tributes to her:

Sharn passed away on the 21st November at roughly 5pm on the A547 Abergele Road, whilst attempting to see the lights at Gwrych Castle.

“Sharn was the youngest daughter of John & Gloria (nee Garbutt) Bevan and she was the devoted wife of Elfyn Hughes, and loving mother to Arron & Annah Hughes.

“Her family and friends are in total shock and perplexed by her tragic death and wish to say the following about their loss:

“Sharn was so selfless, and had such a joyous, charitable attitude to life. She was in the process of organising deliveries of hampers to the local food bank through the Women’s Institute. We’ll miss her kindness forever.”

“Her curiosity led to her wanting to see the lights at Gwrych Castle which unfortunately led to her untimely tragic death along a very busy road. We are truly heartbroken. She was hoping to take a photo and send it to a friend. We know that several others will have done and plan to do the same. We urge people to take so much care and remember it is a busy main A class road.”

A long-time family friend also had this to say about her:

“Sharn was a beacon of  light, her  bubbly presence will not only be  missed by us - her family, but also her colleagues, many friends and by the organisations to which she so generously gave her time, including Gallt Melyd Church, Gwaenysgor Choir, Trelawnyd Women’s Institute and the event’s coordinator Dyserth Women’s Institute. For whom she was pivotal in organising educational, culture and charitable events”

A member of the WI has made the following statement:

“She was very active in the community, she was very generous with her time, and just generous in total, she put other people first and was a born organiser. She belonged to two WI’s, was treasurer of Gallt Melyd Church, helping to organise collections for food banks and recently very proudly finished the couch to 5k.”

North Wales Police continue to appeal for witnesses or to anybody with dashcam footage to come forward.

Sergeant Raymond Williams from the Roads Policing Unit said: “Our thoughts remain with Sharn’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time. She was clearly a much loved woman and her family are now being supported by a family liaison officer.

“We continue to appeal to anybody who may have witnessed the collision and who is yet to come forward, or to anybody who may have been travelling along the A547 just prior to the collision and who may have dash cam to contact us immediately.”

Anybody with information that could assist with the ongoing investigation is asked to contact officers at the Roads Policing Unit on 101 or via the live web chat.