Man in court over Sunderland fan’s death in road smash

Andrew Nimmo
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A MAN has appeared in court over allegedly causing the death of a man on the A19.

Murton man Andrew Nimmo died in August 2013 following the horror road smash.

Sunderland AFC supporter Andrew was due to marry his partner of two years, Janinne Lesley, this month and build a life together with Janinne’s daughter, Laylah Hope.

John Kirk, 26, of Glen Drive, in Boston, Lincolnshire, faces charges of causing the death by dangerous driving of the 24-year-old.

During a short hearing at Teesside Magistrates’ Court, Kirk also faced a charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving to Lada Khazanovych.

Both offences relate to a crash on the A19 southbound near the Thornaby turn off, on August 6, when Kirk was driving a Scania Artic.

Andrew was killed when the lorry he was driving was involved in a crash with another HGV and a Ford Focus Zetec.

The crash happened at about 5.25am, just near the slip road from the A1130 Mandale roundabout.

Kirk, who spoke at the hearing only to confirm his name, age and address, will now appear at Teesside Crown Court on Wednesday, August 13.

He also faced a charge of knowingly causing a false record to be created in respect of drivers’ hours.

Kirk was granted unconditional bail until the next court hearing.

Andrew’s family meanwhile have organised a charity night this evening in memory of him.

The event, which is sold out, takes place at South Hylton Working Men’s Club and will generate funds for road safety charity Brake.

It is hoped that thousands of pounds will be donated towards the cause.