TRIBUTES have been paid to a biker killed in a head-on smash.
Neil Douglas Hamilton worked as a supply teacher in secondary schools across the North East and also taught other bikers road safety through the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and his own company, Training4ne1.
Police say the 60-year-old from Offerton Close, South Hylton, was on the B6301 Hedley Hill Lane when a white Mitsubishi 4x4 pick-up pulled out into the path of his
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Mr Hamilton, who was a graduate of Sunderland and Newcastle Universities, was confirmed dead at the scene by an air ambulance paramedic.
The collision happened at 1pm on Wednesday at the junction of the road leading to East Hedleyhope, Tow Law, as Mr Hamilton headed towards Tow Law on a BMW 600cc bike.
The driver of the Mitusbishi, a 50-year-old man from Tow Law, suffered minor injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene.
He was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and has been interviewed and bailed pending further inquiries by accident investigators.
The passenger in the Mitsubishi, a 44-year-old woman from Tow Law, also suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
Mr Hamilton’s family, his wife Christine and sons Mark, 27, and Christopher, 24, have paid tribute to him.
In a statement, they said: “Neil was a much-loved family man who was well-respected in his local community.
“He was a very keen motorcyclist, being both a member and organiser within the Cleveland RoSPA Club.
“He had a career in education and teaching, spending most it as chief technician at Newcastle University’s Medical School.
“After retiring from there, he retrained as a teacher and worked as a supply teacher in and around the North East.
“He will be sadly missed.”
Mr Hamilton started his career in electrical and electron engineering before moving into science education, medical research and project management.
He first gained a degree in information technology, then a higher degree in business administration and a Post Certificate of Education.
While he studied at Newcastle University, he taught management courses and supervised student projects and also spent a time as its IT manager for its central scientific facilities.
More recently, in addition to working as a freelance project manager and trainer, he also taught IT, business, science and mathematics in secondary schools and a was a volunteer with a charity, working as its systems development direction.
He was a holder of RoSPA’s National Diploma in Advanced Riding Instruction.
Crash investigators, who closed off the road for four hours after the accident have asked anyone with information about the collision to call them directly on 375 2159.