Motorcyclist denies causing pensioner’s death

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A motorcyclist has denied causing the death of a pensioner in a road smash.

Mary Gray was injured while out walking at South Hetton Road, Easington Lane, on May 20 last year.

The 76-year-old was airlifted to hospital in Middlesbrough, but later died.

At Newcastle Crown Court today, David Marriner, 41, of Frederick Street, South Hetton, pleaded not guilty to a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

His case will be back in court on July 3.

Judge Paul Sloan QC granted Marriner bail until the next hearing.