Two charged over schoolgirl’s death

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A MAN and woman have been charged after an 11-year-old girl was killed in a road accident.

Katelyn Weldon died after the bike she was on collided with a car in Washington Road, Sunderland.

The Town End Farm schoolgirl had been out riding and was being followed by her mum when the accident happened in March last year.

Katelyn, a pupil at Bexhill Primary School, lived a short distance away from the scene and was a talented member of Town End Farm Disco Dancers.

A 38-year-old man and 32-year-old woman are due to appear in court in connection with the girl’s death.

But their cases cannot be heard until a similar one going through the High Court in London concludes.

Michael Porter, of Capetown Road, Castletown, Sunderland, is accused of causing death while driving with no insurance.

It is claimed Porter was not insured to drive the Vauxhall Vectra involved in the accident on Saturday, March 13, 2010.

A 32-year-old woman has also been charged in connection with the death of the youngster.

Tracy Ann Sudddick, who lives at the same address as Porter, is accused of aiding and abetting him in driving with no insurance.

Porter and Suddick’s case has been listed seven times at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

But at the last hearing, prosecutor Lee Poppett asked magistrates to adjourn the case again until a date in June.

Talented dancer Katelyn was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital suffering from head injuries shortly after 9pm on the day of the accident, but died later.

The road was closed for three hours while accident investigators carried out inquiries.

New laws relating to uninsured drivers came into force in August 2008.

Hundreds of mourners packed into St Bede’s Church, Town End Farm, to say their final goodbyes at Katelyn’s funeral.

Schoolfriends and neighbours from across the community lined the streets, heads bowed as the funeral procession passed by.

A cream-coloured carriage, pulled by white horses with pink plumes, carried the youngster’s pink coffin to the church.

After the funeral service, Katelyn’s coffin was taken in the horse-drawn carriage to Mere Knolls Cemetery for burial.