Dentist admits causing death of Hartlepool teacher

David Coutts
David Coutts

A DENTIST has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a Hartlepool teacher by careless or inconsiderate driving.

David Coutts, 58, was driving a Jaguar car in Grange Road, Hartlepool, when he collided with James Gibson, 28, who taught at Hartlepool Sixth Form College.

The 28-year-old died from his injuries following the incident on Wednesday, December 19.

Coutts, who works at Lambert and Coutts Dental Practice in Grange Road, initially faced a charge of death by dangerous driving.

But today prosecutors offered the alternative charge of death by careless or inconsiderate driving to which he pleaded guilty.

Coutts, of Northbrook Court, Hartlepool, will be sentenced by judge George Moorhouse on November 29 following the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Judge Moorhouse said: “These are very sad proceedings.”

Coutts was released on unconditional bail.

Mr Gibson, from Jarrow, South Tyneside, was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, after the incident.

But medics were unable to save him and he died shortly after his arrival at the hospital.