Thu. May 26th, 2022

A 24-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a fatal crash in Gateshead last week.

Police were alerted to a collision between a car and a pedestrian on Old Durham Road near the intersection with Carr Hill Road.

The pedestrian, Marion Whittaker, 55, of Bensham was tragically pronounced dead at the scene after the incident.

An investigation was launched immediately after the accident and now Northumbria Police have charged a 24-year-old man with causing death by dangerous driving.

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He is due to appear before judges in South Tyneside on Monday.

Police are urging the public not to share various photos and videos circulating on social media in connection with the collision, and they are also asking not to speculate on the incident to prevent it going beyond upcoming trials.



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The man is due to appear before judges in South Tyneside on Monday.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a collision in Gateshead.

“Shortly after 10pm on Thursday (November 25), officers were alerted to a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Old Durham Road near the intersection with Carr Hill Road.

“Unfortunately, the female pedestrian – Marion Whittaker, 55, of Bensham – was confirmed dead on the spot. Her family continues to be offered support by specialist family liaison officers.

“An investigation was immediately launched into the circumstances surrounding the collision with a 24-year-old man arrested.

“He has since been charged with causing death by dangerous driving. He is due to appear before judges in South Tyneside today (Monday).”

Northumbria Police Sergeant Steve Armstrong said: “This is an extremely difficult time for Marion’s family, who are understandably devastated by what has happened. I would ask that their privacy be respected at this absolutely horrific time.

“We are determined to ensure that they get the answers they deserve, and various investigations are underway into the circumstances surrounding the collision.

“A man has now been charged in connection with her death and I would ask the public to avoid any speculation that could risk damaging the direct lawsuits.

“We are also aware of various photos and videos circulating on social media regarding his tragic collision. Think about how annoying this could be for the family and do not share anything that is of a disturbing nature.

“Since our appeal last Friday, many of you have come forward with information and I would like to thank those who have assisted our investigation so far. If you were in the area and witnessed the collision or have dashcam footage, please contact us , if you have not already done so. “

Anyone with information please contact the police via the ‘Tell us something’ page on their website or by calling 101 indicating log NP-20211125-0993.

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