A driver has appeared in court charged with the death of a young Hull airman.

Biker George Ellis, 27, was seriously injured when a black Renault Clio driven by Costel Matei collided with his Yamaha motorbike on the A1035 at Routh on July 24, last year.

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Mr Ellis was taken to hospital via air ambulance with life-threatening injuries and tragically died after a week in intensive care at Hull Royal Infirmary on July 31, 2020.

Mr Ellis had earnt accolades in the RAF for his performance in basic training and as a student.

His funeral took place in the East Yorkshire village of Aldbrough in September last year.

In tribute to him, an RAF Hawk jet flew low overhead.

In his memory, some of George's former RAF colleagues also took part in a two-day, 160-mile bike ride from Southport to Hull to raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

More than £3,000 was raised via a JustGiving page.

Matei, 26, of Lambton Street, Hull, appeared at Hull Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with causing death by careless driving and driving without insurance.

The public gallery was filled with members of Mr Ellis' family.

Matei spoke via a Romanian interpreter to confirm his name and address.

His case was transferred to Hull Crown Court, where he will appear on November 24.

He was granted unconditional bail.

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