Man pleads guilty to causing death of Northumberland motorcyclist by careless driving in A1 crash

Christopher Donnison leaves Newcastle Magistrates Court.
-Credit: (Image: Iain Buist/Newcastle Chronicle)


A man has admitted causing the death of a Northumberland motorcyclist in a crash on the A1.

Christopher Donnison, 39, pleaded guilty to a single charge of causing death by careless driving after being involved in a collision which resulted in the death of biker, John Wood. John, 62, from Blyth, was returning from a 15-day motorbike holiday in France and Spain on Friday, September 21, 2021 when there was a crash between his motorbike and Donnison's Audi A3 on the A1 northbound, near to the A69 slip road at Denton Burn.

Donnison, of Parkhead Gardens, Winlaton, Gateshead, was behind the wheel of the Audi A3 when it collided with John and knocked him off his bike. Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, John tragically died at the scene.

Tributes have been paid to John Wood, of Blyth
Tributes have been paid to John Wood, of Blyth -Credit:Northumbria Police

On Friday, Donnison appeared at Newcastle Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to the charge. The court was told there is no basis of plea.

Judge Tim Gittins told him: "The next stage is for you to be sentenced. There needs to be reports prepared about you and further material to be gathered. I am ordering a pre-sentence report. It is in your interest to cooperate."

The judge added Donnison will receive "substantial credit" for his early guilty plea but warned him to "prepare for custody". Donnison was given an interim driving ban and was granted unconditional bail until his next court appearance.

Donnison will be sentenced on Thursday, October 31.