Man in court over collision that killed County Durham grandfather (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Man in court over collision that killed County Durham grandfather
A MAN accused of causing the death of a grandfather through dangerous driving has made his first appearance at crown court.
Peter Hammond, 49, died when the van he was a passenger in collided with an articulated lorry on Friday, May 24.
The van driver Duanne Edwin McLoughlin, 22, was treated in hospital for neck and back injuries, while his father, Stephen McLoughlin, 46, suffered multiple serious injuries.
Duanne McLoughlin, of Selbourne Terrace, Darlington, was later charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and using a motor vehicle without insurance.
At Teesside Crown Court today (Tuesday, October 8), the case against him was adjourned to allow the Crown Prosecution Service and Mr McLoughlin’s solicitors the chance to consult with a road collision expert.
Mr McLoughlin spoke only to confirm his name and to state he understood what had been said.
He was granted unconditional bail until January 3, when he will return to Teesside Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing.