Lorry driver appears in court over death of Sunderland fan

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A LORRY driver appeared in court charged with causing the death of a cyclist.

Sean Ruff, 61, from Cleadon, was killed when his bike was riding was allegedly hit from behind by Argos delivery driver Joseph Reed.

The accident happened on the A66 at Elton, near Stockton, at about 6.20pm on May 21.

Mr Ruff, a father-of-four, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Reed, 50, of Railway Terrace, Crook, has been charged with causing death by careless driving.

The charge was not put to him during a preliminary hearing at Teesside Crown Court.

Christopher Dorman O’Gowan, defending, said he would need to get an accident expert’s report before advising Reed about his plea.

Judge Howard Crowson said: “I am aware that both parties will probably want this matter resolved as soon as is just.

“But I do think in this type of case it is important for the defence to have its own report in addition to the prosecution one.

“It may be there is agreement between the two experts, that will not be known until the second report is done.”

Judge Crowson adjourned the case for a plea hearing on Friday, January 17.

The judge released Reed on unconditional bail.