Driver denies causing death of passenger Dean Fearon in Washington crash
A driver accused of causing the death of his passenger in a crash faces trial next year.
Dean Fearon was killed after a silver Ford Mondeo came off Sulgrave Road in Washington, and crashed into a tree on June 20 this year.
Emergency services attended and the 29-year-old, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Mr Fearon died from those injuries two days later.
An investigation was launched and Lee Owens, of Newriggs, in Washington, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
The 35-year-old has now appeared at Newcastle Crown Court and pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The case has been listed for trial, which could last around three days, on April 4 next year.
Owens will appear back at the same court for a further case management hearing on October 1.
Judge Paul Sloan QC told him: "I'm adjourning your case to trial.
"The trial date will be April 4. There will be another pre-trial hearing at this court, which you must attend, on October 1."
Owens has been granted conditional bail in the meantime.