Driver in court over fatal road crash

A MOTORIST involved in a collision which led to the death of a 16-year-old boy has appeared in court.

James Hore

A MOTORIST involved in a collision which led to the death of a 16-year-old boy has appeared in court.

Mohammed Riaz appeared at Colchester Magistrates' Court yesterday in connection with the crash in Colchester on June 13.

The 28-year-old Pakistani national was driving his Mazda 323 along Greenstead Road when he was in collision with Daniel Andrew's push bike.

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The Colchester teenager was declared dead at the scene and Riaz was taken to hospital suffering from minor injuries.

Riaz, of Mersea Road, Colchester, faces a charge of driving without due care and attention and is also accused of exceeding the 30mph speed limit.

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Riaz, wearing a white shirt and dark grey trousers, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth during the short hearing.

No pleas were entered and the case was adjourned until next Thursday.

Riaz has been granted bail on the condition he gives up his passport and signs into Colchester Police Station three times each week.

There was an outpouring of grief following the teenager's death.

Hundreds of tributes - some attached to flowers and road signs - were placed in a makeshift shrine on a piece of land between Greenstead Road and the A133 roundabout.

Speaking at the time Mr Andrew's father, Mark, paid tribute to the teenager, saying he was the “best son anyone could ever hope for”.

He said: “He was loving, caring and he thought the world of his family and his mates.

“If anyone was ever in trouble and he could help, he would be there - he was there for anyone.”

Daniel's friend Gary Wood said: “I would just like to say he was the best friend I could ever ask for and I love him with every single bit of my heart.”

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