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Two appear in court charged with death of Hartlepool cyclist

Prosecutors say there was a “suggestion of competitive driving” before crash in which Graham Pattison was killed last July

Two people have appeared in court charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of a Hartlepool cyclist last year.

Graham Pattison, aged 49, sustained fatal injuries following a collision between a Ford Fiesta and Audi TT on 24 July last year, reports Gazette Live.

He was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, but medical staff were unable to save him.

The fatal crash happened as Mr Pattison was cycling along the A689 between Wynyard and Sedgefield.

The two cars had both been seen exiting the A1 shortly beforehand, according to a Cleveland Police appeal at the time.

Both David Ferry, aged 46, and Paige Robinson, aged 23 denied the charge of causing death by dangerous driving when they appeared at Teeside Crown Court today.

Their trial, expected to last five days, has been scheduled to start on 25 July next year, with an interim hearing due to take place on 13 December.

Nick Dry, prosecuting, said that the Crown intends to call a number of witnesses and today’s hearing was told that it believes a “suggestion of competitive driving” may have led to the fatal crash.

Ferry, from Redcar, and Robinson, from Billingham, have both been released on bail.

Following Mr Pattison’s death, his family released a statement via police in which they said: “Graham was a dearly loved husband, father and son.

“We are in shock at his loss and our lives will never be the same without him.”

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Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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