Houghton man in court over cyclist’s death

Elizabeth Brown, 43, who was killed as she cycled to work on the A189 spine Road, near Cramlington, in April. Daniel Mackay, of Cross Street, Houghton, charged with death by careless driving.
Elizabeth Brown, 43, who was killed as she cycled to work on the A189 spine Road, near Cramlington, in April. Daniel Mackay, of Cross Street, Houghton, charged with death by careless driving.
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A HOUGHTON man will appear before magistrates accused of killing a cyclist as she made her way to work.

Daniel Mackay, 23, of Cross Street, will appear before South East Northumberland magistrates later this month after being charged with death by careless driving.

On Wednesday, April 13, bride-to-be Elizabeth Brown, 43, was cycling the 17-mile commute to work when she was involved in the fatal collision with a van on the A189 Spine Road, near Cramlington.

She was taken to hospital where she died of her injuries.

Miss Brown had been gearing up to celebrate her birthday four days later and was set to wed her fiancé Andrew Ternent.

At the time of her death, her devastated family paid an emotional tribute to the popular hospital worker, saying she would be “sorely missed”.

In a statement they said: “Elizabeth was tragically killed four days before her 44th birthday at 7.15am on a bright April morning, cycling the 17 miles to work at the Wansbeck Hospital in Ashington.

“Liz will be sorely missed by her friends, colleagues and her close-knit family, including her parents Ann and Hugh, her brother and sister and their families, and the family’s newest member Andrew Ternent to whom she would have soon been married.”

The former Newcastle Church High School pupil studied at Manchester University and worked in Hull and Australia, when she took time out to travel the world.

The family added: “Amongst the many activities she enjoyed she was a keen long-distance cyclist having cycled in the Pyrenees, Caribbean and Western Isles.

“She enjoyed water sports like canoeing, diving and sailing and winter sports and she had just returned from a trip to the Dolomites.

“She was also an avid reader, badminton player and talented needlewoman.”

Mackay is due to appear before magistrates on September 21.

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