Update - fatal collision following Ladies Day

17 Aug 2016 19:51 PM

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August 17th- UPDATE

Update following fatal collision in Gateshead following Ladies Day

This is an update in relation to a fatal collision at the roundabout junction of the Redheugh Bridge and Askew Road West that occurred at around 4am on Sunday, July 24.

James Docherty, 17, was killed in the collision and a further two occupants of the BMW 3 Series were taken to hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Today (Wednesday, August 17) officers have charged Tyrone Quinn, 20, of Hewitson Terrace, Felling, Gateshead, with a number of offences.

They include causing death by dangerous driving, causing death whilst disqualified from driving, driving whilst unfit through alcohol, driving whilst unfit through drugs and two counts of driving while above the prescribed drug limit.

He will appear before South Tyneside Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning (Thursday).

Three other men arrested have been released with no further action.

August 12th -APPEAL

Police are appealing to racegoers for information following a fatal collision on the evening of Ladies Day.

At around 4am on Sunday, July 24, a collision occurred at the roundabout junction of the Redheugh Bridge and Askew Road West and involved a BMW 3 Series motor car.

James Docherty, 17, was one of the occupants of the vehicle and was tragically pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and four men are currently on police bail having been arrested in relation to the incident.

Newcastle was busy on the evening as at had been Ladies day at Newcastle Racecourse and racegoers may have been returning home when the collision occurred.

Sergeant Steve Armstrong, of the Northumbria Police Operations Department, said: "This was a tragic incident that has claimed James' life and left his family completely devastated.

"Ladies Day was a popular event at Newcastle Racecourse on the Saturday and the city centre was incredibly busy that evening. Many of those who were returning home in the early hours of the morning may have seen this vehicle.

"The vehicle was a grey BMW 3 Series and we want anyone who may have seen the vehicle driving erratically in the Newcastle and Gateshead areas to get in touch."

Anyone witnesses to the incident, or anyone who has any information that may help police, should contact officers on 101 quoting log 308 24/07/16 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.