Driver to appear in court after Hartlepool teacher’s death

Police Officers at the scene of an RTA in Grange Road Hartlepool. Picture by FRANK REID
Police Officers at the scene of an RTA in Grange Road Hartlepool. Picture by FRANK REID
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A 58-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving in connection with the death of a college teacher.

James Gibson, 28, was killed on December 19 last year after he was hit by a blue Jaguar in Grange Road, Hartlepool, at around 5.35pm.

James Gibson, who was killed in Grange road, Hartlepool on december 19, 2012.

James Gibson, who was killed in Grange road, Hartlepool on december 19, 2012.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and bailed pending further inquiries.

He has now been charged with the offence and will appear at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court on May 30.

Mr Gibson, a Hartlepool Sixth Form College teacher, was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, after the incident but died shortly after his arrival at the hospital.

His family issued a statement after his death saying the tragic news had left them “devastated”.

His colleagues at Hartlepool Sixth Form College offered their deepest sympathy to the family in a statement released shortly after his death.

It read: “The college received the news of James’s tragic death with great sadness and a profound sense of shock.

“He was a fit and active young man, very popular both with students and staff for his qualities as a teacher and his sense of fun.

“James was an excellent teacher with a promising career ahead of him.

“Our thoughts are with his family, to whom we offer our deepest sympathy, and with our staff and students who are heartbroken at the news.”

The college also celebrated Mr Gibson’s life in a ceremony and staff are honouring his memory by working together to raise funds for 25 students to go to Ghana next summer.

Mr Gibson, who was from Jarrow, South Tyneside, was organising the trip for the students to take part in charitable work in Africa before his sudden death.

Hartlepool coroner Malcolm Donnelly opened an inquest into Mr Gibson’s death.

It was immediately adjourned while police carried out further investigations.