Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

He Was Such a Lovely Lad and So Kind-Hearted. It Was in His Nature to Help Others; Parents' Tribute to Son Killed Stopping to Help Crash Victim

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

He Was Such a Lovely Lad and So Kind-Hearted. It Was in His Nature to Help Others; Parents' Tribute to Son Killed Stopping to Help Crash Victim

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Byline: ROB KENNEDY ; KATIE DAVIES

THE grieving parents of a Good Samaritan killed while helping a road smash victim said his caring nature tragically cost him his life.

Steven Black had been in a collision with a motorcyclist when kind-hearted Michael Ritson stopped to help the biker.

Black was on the phone to the emergency services reporting the initial accident when he hit Mr Ritson as he drove away from the scene in Gateshead, a court heard.

The 33-year-old, from Jarrow, South Tyneside, was thrown on to the roof of Black's car, who continued driving until Mr Ritson fell, suffering fatal injuries.

With Black remanded in custody after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, Mr Ritson's parents George and Sheila, also of Jarrow, have told of their son's kind nature.

"He was such a lovely lad and so kind-hearted. It was in his nature to help other people," said Sheila.

George, who ran electrical business Kross Tec Services with his son, said he had been left without his "right-hand man".

The 59-year-old said: "There is no one else I can work with. I'm losing out on larger jobs, but I can't work with anyone else.

"He was my partner."

At the hearing at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, Black was warned he faces a substantial prison sentence.

The horrific collision happened on the Felling by-pass in March last year.

Black, 27, of The Riding, Montagu Estate, Newcastle, was originally charged with manslaughter and his trial was due to start yesterday. However, prosecutors accepted his guilty plea to the lesser charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

George added: "We thought there was enough evidence to support the manslaughter charge, but he pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

"We were disappointed, but the last thing we would want would be for him to be acquitted. …

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