A 24-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a fatal crash in Gateshead last week.
Police were alerted to a collision between a car and a pedestrian on Old Durham Road near the junction with Carr Hill Road.
The pedestrian, Marion Whittaker, 55, of Bensham was tragically pronounced dead at the scene following the incident.
An investigation was immediately launched after the crash and now Northumbria Police have charged a 24-year-old man with causing death by dangerous driving.
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He is due to appear before magistrates in South Tyneside on Monday.
Police are urging the public not to share various photos and videos circulating on social media relating to the collision and they are also asking not to speculate about the incident in order to prevent prejudicing upcoming court proceedings..
A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: "A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a collision in Gateshead.
"Shortly after 10pm on Thursday (November 25) officers were alerted to a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Old Durham Road near the junction with Carr Hill Road.
"Sadly, the female pedestrian â€“ Marion Whittaker, 55, of Bensham â€“ was confirmed as deceased at the scene. Her family are continuing to be offered support by specialist family liaison officers.
"An investigation was immediately launched into the circumstances surrounding the collision with a 24-year-old man placed under arrest.
"He has since been charged with causing death by dangerous driving. He is due to appear before magistrates in South Tyneside today (Monday)."
Sergeant Steve Armstrong, of Northumbria Police, said: â€œThis is an extremely difficult time for Marionâ€™s family, who are understandably heartbroken by what has happened. I would ask that their privacy is respected at this absolutely horrendous time.
â€œWe are determined to ensure they get the answers they deserve and various enquiries are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the collision.
â€œOne man has now been charged in connection with her death, and I would ask the public to avoid any kind of speculation which could risk prejudicing the live court proceedings.
â€œWe are also aware of various photos and videos circulating on social media relating to his tragic collision. Please think about how upsetting this could be for the family and refrain from sharing anything that is of a distressing nature.
â€œSince our appeal on Friday, many of you have come forward with information and I would like to thank those who have assisted our investigation so far. If you were in the area and witnessed the collision, or have dashcam footage, please get in touch with us if you have not already.â€
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the â€˜Tell Us Somethingâ€™ page of their website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20211125-0993.
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