A LORRY driver has admitted killing a South Tyneside cyclist in a road accident.
Sean Ruff, 61, from Cleadon, died when the bike he was riding was hit from behind by Argos delivery driver Joseph Reed.
The accident happened on the A66 at Elton, near Stockton, at about 6.20pm on May 21.
Mr Ruff, a father-of-four, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Reed, 50, of Railway Terrace, Crook, was arrested and later charged with causing death by careless driving.
The charge was put to Reed during a short plea hearing at Teesside Crown Court today, where he pleaded guilty.
Christopher Dorman O’Gowan, defending, applied for a report from the probation service before Reed is sentenced.
Judge Howard Crowson granted the application for the report, and ordered the case to be listed for sentence on February 18.
The judge disqualified Reed from driving. The length of the disqualification will be decided at sentencing.
Reed was released on unconditional bail.
After his death, tributes were paid to Mr Ruff, who had been married for 31 years.
A family member said: “Sean was a devoted family man.
“He was a hugely committed and highly-principled man who gave 100 per cent to everything he did – family, sport, rugby coach, fundraiser and passionate Sunderland supporter.
“He was an avid cyclist and always wore the correct cycling safety equipment and clothing.
“He died doing something he loved and will be sorely missed.”