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Drivers in court over fatal A68 crash which killed Bolam man
TWO men have appeared in court in connection with a crash which claimed the life of a popular grandfather.
Peter Hammond, 49, died when the van he was in collision with an articulated lorry on Friday May 24.
Two other men injured in the incident were van driver Duanne Edwin McLoughlin, 22, who was treated in hospital for neck and back injuries while his father, Stephen McLoughlin, 46, suffered multiple serious injuries.
Duanne McLoughlin and Ivan Richard Gredzinski, the 51-year-old lorry driver, appeared separately at Darlington Magistrates Court today (Tuesday September 24).
Lynne Roberts-Ploughman - prosecuting in the case of Gredzinski - said an investigation revealed he was driving at around ten miles over a temporary 40mph limit at the time, although there was no suggestion that he was to blame for the collision.
Gredzinski, of Corporation Road, Darlington, admitted speeding and received three penalty points and was fined £165 plus £105 costs.
Luisa Lister, mitigating, said Gredzinski – who had a completely clean driving record - was a professional, competent and careful driver with more than 30 years experience driving articulated lorries.
Duanne McLoughlin, formerly of Middleton-in-Teesdale, faced charges of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and using a motor vehicle without insurance.
Mr McLoughlin, now of Selbourne Terrace, Darlington, entered no plea and was bailed unconditionally to appear before Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday October 8.
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