A man accused of causing the death of a popular pensioner in a South Tyneside road smash while he was over the drink-drive limit has appeared in court.
Sean Flynn appeared in the dock at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday to face charges of causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by due care while over the prescribed limit.
Norma Hall, 84, of Simonside, South Shields, was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Jarrow Road at about 1.40pm on Tuesday, November 4 of last year.
The tragic accident sparked a major emergency response.
The Great North Air Ambulance was called to the scene after the collision between Flynn’s Fiat Punto and Ms Hall’s Suzuki car.
Jarrow Road was closed from the A19 Tyne Tunnel down to Bede Industrial Estate, with access to Jarrow Road from Church Bank also sealed off while emergency services attended.
The 31-year-old is alleged to have been over the drink-drive limit.
Flynn, of Clovelly Place, Jarrow, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address during a brief hearing.
He was not asked to enter pleas to the charges.
Fiona Varley, prosecuting, said matters would be dealt with at the crown court due to the seriousness of the charges.
She said: “These matters are indictable only and are to be sent to the crown court.”
Geoffrey Forrester, defending, made no representations during the hearing.
District Judge Helen Cousins sent all matters to Newcastle Crown Court, for an initial hearing on Tuesday, September 22.
Flynn was granted bail until then, with the conditions that he does not drive a vehicle in the meantime or contact prosecution witnesses.
He must also reside at an address in Plymouth, where he is currently working, until the court date.
Ms Hall was described as a ‘lovely’ woman by a shocked neighbour after her death last year.
The woman said: “She was a lovely woman.
“It’s so sad. Everyone liked her.”