A WOMAN has been charged with causing the death of a motorcyclist in South Tyneside.
Grandfather Peter Leyden, 54, was killed when his Suzuki motorbike collided with a car in Newcastle Road, South Shields, on July 25 last year.
Siona Hughes is accused of driving the car involved in the accident and is charged with causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving.
The 19-year-old was due to appear at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday to enter a plea, but the case was adjourned until February 28.
Hughes, of Peel Gardens, South Shields, was granted bail until then.
Floral tributes to Mr Leyden, of Coleridge Avenue, South Shields, are still at the scene of the smash, on the corner of Henderson Road, Simonside.
After the martial arts instructor’s death, his family released a statement which paid tribute to the “well-loved and respected” partner, dad and grandad.
It said: “Peter was very fit and active and he would have lived a long and happy life, but he has been snatched away from us all far too soon.
“The family are devastated by this tragedy.”