Bus driver in court over Washington cyclist’s death

The scene of the accident on January 15 this year.
The scene of the accident on January 15 this year.
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A bus driver has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a cyclist on a Wearside road.

Les Turnbull was killed on January 15 this year after being hit by a Volvo Go North East bus in Barmston Way, in Washington, at the junction of the A1231 road.

Touching floral tributes were left to the 45-year-old Sunderland fan, who lived in Sulgrave in Washington.

One read: “Fondest memories of a legend not just in my eyes but to everyone who knew you.

“It’s going to be hard not seeing you every day and having a crack on.

“You’ve been there for me all my life, guiding and helping me.

“It’s like I’ve lost me dad and best friend.

At Sunderland Magistrates’ Court yesterday, John Yates, 57, appeared charged with causing Mr Turnbull’s death by careless or inconsiderate driving.

No plea was entered by Yates, of Davison Terrace, Sacriston, County Durham, and he was granted uncondtional bail.

He will next appear at the court on Friday, July 17.