A MAN has appeared in court charged with causing the road death of a Wearside motorcyclist.
Neil Hamilton, of Offerton Close, South Hylton, died from injuries he suffered after a collision with a four-wheel drive vehicle driven by Anthony Shelton.
The accident happened on April 3 on the Tow Law to Lanchester road, near the wind farm.
Shelton, 51, of Castle View, Esh Winning, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
No pleas were taken during a short preliminary hearing at Durham Crown Court.
Stephen Duffield, defending, said there was little factual dispute with the prosecution case.
The issue was likely to be whether Shelton’s driving was dangerous or careless, Mr Duffield added.
Judge Christopher Prince adjourned the case for a plea hearing on December 10, and set a provisional trial date of February 19.
Shelton was released on unconditional bail.
Mr Hamilton died on Wednesday, April 3, when he was on his 600cc BMW bike.
Tributes flooded in as the friends and family of the 60-year-old came to terms with his death.
The maths, business, science and IT teacher, who taught at schools across the region, was married to Christine and was father to their sons Mark and Christopher.
Mr Hamilton also freelanced as a project manager and trainer and dedicated his spare time to charity.
He put his passion for motorbikes and his teaching experience into helping others become safer riders on the roads, achieving his diploma course from RoSPA’s North East Advanced Drivers and Riders in 2008.
He went on to join the organisation’s Cleveland group, where he took on the responsibilty of looking after its tutors.