Man in court over fatal crash which claimed life of 50-year-old driver

Police remained at the scene of the tragedy on Saturday evening.
Police remained at the scene of the tragedy on Saturday evening.

A man has appeared before magistrates today charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a horror smash which killed a motorist.

Ryan Gilling, 26, from Hutton Henry, faced Peterlee Magistrates' Court today to face the allegation.

The section of road where the crash happened on Saturday morning. Image copyright Google Maps.

The section of road where the crash happened on Saturday morning. Image copyright Google Maps.

He had been remanded in custody and will next appear before Durham Crown Court on Monday, December 5.

Two other men, aged 33 and 28 and both from Shotton Colliery, who were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have been bailed by Durham Constabulary pending further inquiries.

The collision happened on Salter's Lane, Shotton Colliery, at 11.45am on Saturday, when a black BMW 320 and a silver Seat Ibiza collided.

The 50-year-old driver of the Seat died at the scene.

He is yet to be named by accident investigators.

A bus stop was demolished in the crash, just yards away from the front door of homes on the edge of the village.

Anyone who saw the crash is asked to call Durham Constabulary's collision investigation unit on (0191) 375 2159, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.