Woman denies causing death of tragic cyclist Stuart Price by careless driving

Lisa Maher leaves court this afternoon
Lisa Maher leaves court this afternoon

A woman has denied causing the death of cyclist Stuart Price last year.

The 24-year-old, from Murton, died after he was involved in a collision with a car in Colliery Lane, Easington Lane, in February 2017.

Stuart Price

Stuart Price

Stuart, who worked in the medical records department at Sunderland Royal Hospital, was a fanatical Sunderland supporter and family and friends donned red and white strips for a packed funeral service.

Lisa Maher, 50, appeared at South Shields Magistrates Court this afternoon, charged with causing death by careless driving.

Maher, of Western Terrace, Murton, entered a plea of not guilty.

The bench was told the case could be heard at either magistrates court or crown court, but prosecutor Keith Laidlaw said it was the crown's contention that crown court was the correct venue.

Heather Bolton, for Maher, made no submission on where the trial should be held and chairman of the bench Margaret Cowie adjourned the case to Newcastle Crown Court at 10am on Monday, August 6.

Maher was released on unconditional bail.

An inquest was opened by Sunderland senior coroner Derek Winter just days after Stuart’s death.

The hearing has been rescheduled several times but adjourned on each occasion, pending the outcome of the police inquiry.

Stuart played football for New Hesledon Club, known as the Top Club, and Murton Colliery Club at weekends and a stand at Murton’s Welfare Park has been renamed in his honour.

An official naming ceremony was followed a game of football in which a team led by Stuart’s brother James, 23, took on one captained by his friend Michael Rawlinson, 25, who had accompanied Stuart to Black Cats games since the pair were just 12.

Stuart is survived by mother Deborah Dobie and stepfather John; his father, also Stuart, and stepmother Marion.

Speaking after his death, mum Deborah said of her son: “He has really touched so many people’s hearts and he will be leaving a huge hole. “He lived his life to the full. He was a character and had a cheeky smile. His friends called him Chewy Stuey.”