Biker killed in horror crash is named by police

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A MOTORCYLIST who died after being involved in a horror smash with a car has been named by police.

Ronald Johnson was pronounced dead at hospital after the black Suzuki motorbike he was travelling on was involved in a crash with a beige Nissan Micra being driven by an 84-year-old woman.

The car was heading east along the section of the B1283 which is Rosemary Lane, at the junction of Thorpe Road. The bike was heading in the opposite direction along Seaside Lane approaching the junction when the two collided.

The force of the collision, which happened at 7.45pm on Sunday, October 6, saw the 41-year-old cyclist suffer fatal injuries.

Mr Johnson, of Holmhill Gardens, in Easington Colliery, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead at the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, at 9.30pm that night.

The driver of the Micra was also treated at the same hospital, for shock and a minor injury to her knee before being released home.

She was informed by police of Mr Johnson’s death the following morning.

A Durham Police spokesman said: “The collision happened at 7.45pm last night and the vehicles involved were a Nissan Micra and a Suzuki GSXR600 motorbike.

“The rider of the bike suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision and he was certified dead at James Cook Hospital at around 9.30pm.

“He is a man in his early forties from Easington, the driver of the car was a woman in her eighties from Peterlee.

“She suffered shock and a minor injury to her knee and was also treated at James Cook before being released.

“The road was closed to traffic until half-past midnight.”

Any witnesses are asked to contact the collision investigation unit on (0191) 3752159.