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.

Tuesday, 20th July 2021, 2:28 pm
Dean Fearon.

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.

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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.