Seaham man appears in court charged with causing death of Sunderland dad Richard Jordan by dangerous driving

A motorist has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a Sunderland dad-of-two.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 5:27 pm
Mark Thompson at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court charged with death by dangerous driving.

Mark Thompson, 42, is accused of killing passenger, dad of two Richard Jordan, 33, in a smash on the southbound A19 dual carriageway at 1.45am on Sunday, August 4, 2019.

Thompson, of Seaton Crescent, Seaham, is also accused of seriously injuring Lewis Atkinson by dangerous driving in the same two-car crash.

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Richard Jordan, who was known as Richie, died following a crash on the A19 in August 2019.

No details of the accident were revealed during the 10-minute hearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

However, magistrates were told the case was so serious it could only be dealt with at crown court.

They sent the case to be heard at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday, June 3, and granted Thompson unconditional bail.

The collision happened three miles south of the A690 Durham Road junction.

A pre-inquest hearing into Mr Jordan’s death was opened and adjourned in March.