Driver denies causing death of dog walker in Prudhoe

A driver has denied causing the death of a dog walker in an alleged hit and run. Kathleen Heslop was killed along with her dog as she crossed a road in Prudhoe, Northumberland

Flowers at the scene in Prudhoe
Flowers at the scene in Prudhoe

A driver has denied causing the death of a dog walker in an alleged hit and run.

Kathleen Heslop was killed along with her dog as she crossed a road in Prudhoe, Northumberland.

David Robinson is accused of causing the death of the 64-year-old by hitting her with his Saab car.

Robinson yesterday pleaded not guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing death while uninsured.

The 26-year-old, of Woodhead Road, Prudhoe, will stand trial at Newcastle Crown Court later this month.

Judge James Goss QC told him: “David Robinson, as you know your trial will take place later this month, you having entered not guilty pleas.

“In the meantime you will be remanded in custody.”

Kathleen was killed along with her beloved pet Trudy when they were struck by a car near her home in in July this year.

Father-of-one Robinson, who works on a farm in Prudhoe, wore a dark suit during the plea and case management hearing yesterday and spoke only to enter his pleas of not guilty.

Kathleen Heslop who was killed walking her dog in Prudhoe
Kathleen Heslop who was killed walking her dog in Prudhoe
 

On Saturday July 13, shortly before 10.30pm, police received a report of a pedestrian collision on the B6395 Stonyflat Bank in Prudhoe.

Both Kathleen and Trudy died as a result of their injuries.

Prosecutors claim Robinson then fled the scene of the accident, despite damage to his vehicle.

Kathleen lived on Eastwood Road, close to the spot where she died.

The pet-lover was well-known in the Prudhoe community and could regularly be seen walking her dog around the town.

Following the incident, Kathleen’s loved ones, and some complete strangers, made emotional trips to the scene of the collision to lay flowers and pay their respects.

One friend, called Joan, left a bouquet with a message that read: “I am going to miss you so much. All the wonderful holidays we have had and thought more to come. Life can be so unfair, Rest in peace my dear friend with Trudy.”

And another pal, Leanne, reflected on holidays with Kathleen.

She wrote: “I spent some great holidays with you. Will miss you with all my heart.”

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