Owen Croft cleared in Armidale court of 2015 fatal New England Highway crash near Uralla

Roadside tribute: The memorial for Phillip Morris was crafted out of river red gum which Mr Morris had been working on a decade ago. Photo: Supplied

Roadside tribute: The memorial for Phillip Morris was crafted out of river red gum which Mr Morris had been working on a decade ago. Photo: Supplied

AN ELDERLY widower charged in connection to a crash that killed a Tamworth man and seriously injured his wife has had his charges dismissed.

Owen Croft, 84, was facing six offences after the crash on the New England Highway, between Uralla and Armidale, in 2015.

After a report considered by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the crown told Armidale Local Court on Wednesday it was withdrawing all six charges.

Magistrate Michael Holmes formally dismissed the charges and the case against Croft.

Horrific crash: The wreckage of the Fairlane after the 2015 crash. Photo: Supplied

Horrific crash: The wreckage of the Fairlane after the 2015 crash. Photo: Supplied

Croft was behind the wheel of a Subaru sedan on November 2 when it collided with an oncoming Ford Fairlane, about 6km north of Uralla, near Chiswick Station.

The crash injured Croft and claimed the life of 68-year-old Phillip Morris from Tamworth, who was behind the wheel of an oncoming Ford.

HORRIFIC CRASH: Emergency services work to clear the crash scene on the New England Highway near Uralla on November 2, 2015. Photo: Supplied

HORRIFIC CRASH: Emergency services work to clear the crash scene on the New England Highway near Uralla on November 2, 2015. Photo: Supplied

Sally Croft, who was a passenger in the Subaru her husband was driving, died in hospital almost a week after the crash.

Croft was never required to enter a plea to the charges including dangerous driving occasioning death.

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