Driver admits causing death of Corby biker

Neil Watson with his mum Ann Cruse
Neil Watson with his mum Ann Cruse
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A bus driver admitted causing the death of a young Corby man in 2012, on the day his trial at Northampton Crown Court was due to start.

Neil Watson, 23, was on his way to work at a call centre in Corby in October 2012 when his motorbike was struck by a coach in Gretton Brook Road, Corby.

The coach driver, John East, of Brooke Road, Oakham, appeared in court on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to causing death by driving without due care and attention. He will be sentenced at the crown court on Friday, March 14.

East was driving a Bova Futura coach in Gretton Brook Road on the day of the accident.

Neil’s family and friends were left devastated after his death and his family received hundreds of messages of support as well as floral tributes.

Speaking after the accident, Neil’s mum Ann Cruse said her son was a lovable person who was a bit of a practical joker.

She added: “He could always make people laugh.

“He loved his family and friends.

“He loved his motorbike and had lots of other interests.”

The former Lodge Park School pupil lived with his girlfriend Alex at his sister Angela’s house and the couple had been planning to set up their own home together.

He enjoyed fishing, golf and scuba diving and was a Corby Town FC supporter.

Hundreds of people attended his funeral at St Columba’s Church where Neil’s coffin was draped with a Union Flag.

The cortege was accompanied by a group of Neil’s friends on motorbikes.