Man accused of causing death of Hartlepool teacher denies dangerous driving charge

David Coutts
David Coutts

A MAN accused of causing the death of a teacher by dangerous driving has denied the charge and will face a trial in November.

David Coutts, from Hartlepool, pleaded not guilty at Teesside Crown Court on Friday.

The 59-year-old dentist is accused of causing the death by dangerous driving of college lecturer James Gibson, 28, on December 19.

Mr Gibson, from Jarrow, South Tyneside, died shortly after the collision on Grange Road, Hartlepool.

The accident happened near where Mr Coutts, who lives in Northbrook Court, has his dental surgery.

He will return to court for the trial on November 4, and was granted bail in the meantime.