Lorry driver to stand trial after death of Sunderland fan

Sean Ruff
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A LORRY driver accused of causing the death of a Wearside cyclist has been ordered to stand trial at crown court.

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

Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard 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.

A charge of causing death by careless driving was read to Reed. John Turner, defending, said there would be no indication of a plea.

Prosecutor Lynne Roberts-Plowman told the bench the case is suitable for trial only at crown court because the possible sentence exceeds the powers of magistrates, and Mr Turner agreed.

Bench chairwoman Anne Barnes declined jurisdiction and ordered the case to be committed to crown court.

Reed, 50, of Railway Terrace, Crook, was bailed to appear at Teesside Crown Court on October 30.