A HGV driver from Barnsley caused a fatal crash by ‘stopping in a dangerous spot’ after missing his turn off, a court was told this week.

John Robinson, 24, died when his Ford Fusion ploughed into the back of Marcel Balan’s lorry on the A19, near Washington, Tyne and Wear, on March 12.

The 57-year-old, of Cope Street, denies causing death by dangerous driving.

Prosecutor Mark Giuliani told the jury at Newcastle Crown Court that Balan had stopped because he missed his exit for the A1231 and was ‘about to reverse’ to rectify his mistake when the collision occurred.

The trial, which is due to end next week, continues.