A man has appeared in court accused of causing the death of a pensioner while he was over the drink-drive limit.
Norma Hall, 84, of Simonside, South Shields, was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Jarrow Road on November 4 last year.
Sean Flynn, 31, faces a charge of causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by due care while over the prescribed limit.
The tragic accident sparked a major emergency response with the Great North Air Ambulance being called to the scene.
Flynn, of Clovelly Place, South Shields, spoke only to confirm his name during a brief hearing at Newcastle Crown Court.
He has been given conditional bail and will return to the court on January 5 next year for a plea and case management hearing.
Judge Paul Sloan QC, the Recorder of Newcastle, told Flynn: “I am going to adjourn your case now until your pre-trial hearing on 5th January next year.
That is the next day you must attend court.
“You should also be aware that if you committed an offence rising out of these allegations the sooner you tell the court the better for you. The longer you leave it the worse it will be.”