Family’s tribute to killed Sunderland teacher

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A DEVASTATED son lays flowers at the crash site where his dad died.

Mark Hamilton, 27, is joined by brother Christopher, 24, and their mum Christine to pay tribute to biker Neil who died after a road accident on the B6301 near Tow Law.

CRASH VICTIM: Neil Douglas Hamilton.

CRASH VICTIM: Neil Douglas Hamilton.

The family have spoken of the emptiness in their hearts after the 60-year-old motorbike enthusiast, from South Hylton, died earlier this month.

The supply teacher was passionate about motorbikes and helped to keep others safe on the roads through his charity work with the Cleveland branch of Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

Christine, his wife of 35 years, said: “We are devastated at the loss of a wonderful husband and dad, who is sadly missed by all who knew him. He leaves an emptiness in our hearts and lives that will never be filled.”

The family also spoke to thank those who have sent cards, flowers and good wishes since the fatal crash on April 3. His sons said: “Dad greatly appreciated the work of the air ambulance. As they were also involved at the scene following the incident, anyone who would like to express themselves in our dad’s memory, please feel free to make a donation to The Great North Air Ambulance.”

CRASH VICTIM: Neil Douglas Hamilton.

CRASH VICTIM: Neil Douglas Hamilton.

Neil, of Offerton Close, taught IT, business, science and maths at secondary schools across the North East, as well as running his business training fellow bikers.

He died after a crash which involved a white Mitsubishi pick-up.

A 50-year-old man from Tow Law who was driving the 4x4, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. He has been bailed pending further inquiries. He and his 44-year-old woman passenger were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Neil’s funeral will take place on Monday at 2.30pm at Sunderland Crematorium. Charity donations in his memory can be made at www.createanddonate.co.uk/to/in-memory-of-neil-hamilton