Driver in court over Neil Watson death

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A 66-year-old man is to stand trial at crown court, following an accident which claimed the life of a young Corby motorcyclist.

John Thomas East, of Brooke Road, Oakham, is charged with causing the death of Neil Watson by driving without due care and attention.

He is to appear at Northampton Crown Court next month.

Mr East was driving a Bova Futura coach in Gretton Brook Road, Corby, on Wednesday, October 3, last year when the vehicle was involved in a collision with a motorcycle.

The rider, Mr Watson, 23, was on his way to work at a Corby call centre when the accident happened.

Mr East appeared at Corby Magistrates Court on Thursday when the case was committed to the crown court.

Mr Watson’s family and friends were left devastated by the tragedy and they received hundreds of sympathy cards and messages of goodwill, as well as floral tributes.

After the accident Mr Watson’s mum Ann Cruse said her son was a lovable person who was a bit of a practical joker.

She said at the time: “He could always make people laugh.

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

Neil, a former pupil at Lodge Park School, Shetland Way, Corby, lived with his girlfriend Alex at his sister Angela’s house. The couple were planning to set up their own home together.

Neil enjoyed fishing, golf and scuba diving, and he supported the Steelmen.

Hundreds of people attended Mr Watson’s funeral service at St Columba’s Church, Studfall Avenue, Corby.

He was fiercely patriotic and the theme of his funeral was red, white and blue.

Mourners stood in silence as the cortege arrived at the church, followed by a group of Neil’s friends on their motorbikes.

The coffin was draped in the Union Flag and was carried in a motorcycle hearse.

So many people attended the funeral that some mourners had to stand outside the packed church during the service.