Hebburn man arrested over A19 crash which claimed pensioner’s life

Sonia Oldtree Rose, who died in the collision.
Sonia Oldtree Rose, who died in the collision.

A Hebburn man has been arrested in connection with a road crash in which an 83-year-old retired teacher died.

The 57-year-old has been bailed by North Yorkshire Police as inquiries continue into to the collision on the A19 between a Skoda Fabia and a white van.

Sonia is remembered by all who know her with great affection and respect.

Family tribute

Sonia Oldtree Rose died in the crash near to the A684 Ellerbeck junction in the Northallerton area.

It led to the closure of the northbound carriageway of the road for six hours in the aftermath of the incident, with both sides of the road shut for an hour as the emergency services, including an air ambulance, dealt with the incident.

Sonia, who had been a history teacher and supporter of environmental campaigns, was a mother-of-four and grandmother of three.

She had just returned from a holiday in Mussidan, France, with a family she first au-paired for in 1950, and remained close to.

In a statement her family said: “A friend to many and an individual of great character, Sonia is remembered by all who know her with great affection and respect.”

They added she was very active and had been driving from her home in Thirsk to meet a walking group in Great Ayton when the crash happened.

The inquest into her death which happened on Friday, September 30, has been opened and adjourned.