Driver to appear in court over death of 'lovely lad' Lewis Knapp

Lewis Knapp died in April this year.
Lewis Knapp died in April this year.

A driver is to appear in court in connection with the death of a South Tyneside man in an alleged hit and run incident.

The case follows the death of Lewis Knapp, 20, from Boldon Colliery, who was killed following a night out when he was hit by a car in Anderson Street, South Shields.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "A 21-year-old man has been reported for summons for five alleged offences including causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop."

At this stage, the man who has been summonsed is not being named by police.

Lewis died in the early hours of April 15 this year, and hundreds of people attended South Shields Crematorium for his funeral.

Friends paid tribute to a 'lovely lad' known affectionately as Lewi.

He attended Hedworth Lane Primary School and then Boldon Comprehensive before studying engineering at college.

He went on to be given pre-apprentice training at Washington Metal Works, where he impressed the management, landing himself a job.

A statement released on behalf of Lewis' family after his death said: "There are no words to describe the pain of our loss.

"We are heartbroken.

"Lewis was the centre of all our worlds.

"He brought so much light and joy to our lives and the lives of so many people who loved him.

"We have been so moved by the beautiful tributes that have been paid to Lewis by friends and people who knew him.

"Life will never be the same for us again.

"We can only hope to live life the way Lewis did, with laughter, friends and most of all, love for his family. "Rest in peace beautiful boy. We love you."

Lewis' funeral service was led by humanist minister Margaret Humphrey, who described him as someone who “loved life and scooped it up by the handful”.

A collection was taken on behalf of the RNLI at the end of the service in memory of Lewis.