Hartlepool dentist in court over road death

David Coutts
David Coutts

A HARTLEPOOL dentist made his first appearance at crown court after he was charged with causing the death of a college tutor by dangerous driving.

David Coutts, 59, appeared at Teesside crown Court following the death of James Gibson in December last year.

The legal representatives of Coutts indicated that the defendant will plead not guilty to the charge at a later hearing.

Coutts, of Northbrook Court, Hartlepool, who works at Lambert and Coutts Dental Practice in Grange Road, spoke only to confirm his name and will appear again at the court on Thursday, July 25.

The Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, said he expects a trial to go ahead sometime in October.

Mr Gibson, 28, a teacher at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, died after being hit by a blue Jaguar in Grange Road, Hartlepool, six days before Christmas.

Mr Gibson, who is from Jarrow, was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, after the incident, but medics were unable to save him.

An inquest into Mr Gibson’s death has been opened and adjourned by Hartlepool Coroner Malcolm Donnelly.

Coutts was granted unconditional bail ahead of his next appearance.