Lorry driver Robert Booth has appeared in court accused of causing the death by dangerous driving of Priyanka Bhogal, from Coventry.
Priyanka was in a car that was involved in a collision with a lorry on the southbound M6 in the early hours of Sunday November 27 last year.
The motorway was closed near junction 4a for more than six hours while emergency services dealt with the incident.
Seven other people were injured.
Robert Booth, from Sunderland, is charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
He made a short appearance before magistrates in Solihull, West Midlands.
He was granted unconditional bail to appear at Warwick Crown Court on July 24.
In a tribute issued by West Midlands Police shortly after Priyanka's death, her family said they had loved her more than anyone could possibly imagine.
In their statement, the family added:
– Statement from Priyanka's family
"In her short time with us she brought nothing but happiness and joy to our lives and everyone who knew her."