Crash death biker Neil Hamilton was safety campaigner

Neil Hamilton Mr Hamilton was a road safety campaigner

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A motorcyclist who died in a crash in County Durham was a road safety campaigner and teacher from Sunderland.

Neil Hamilton died when his vehicle collided with a Mitsubishi pick-up vehicle on the B6301 near Tow Law.

The 50-year-old driver of the 4X4 was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and later bailed.

Mr Hamilton, 60, was a "much-loved" active member the Cleveland Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), his family said.

'Much-loved'

Mr Hamilton, of Offerton Close, Sunderland, a former technician at Newcastle University's Medical School, had retrained as a teacher and did supply work throughout the North East.

He leaves behind wife Christine and sons Mark, 27, and Christopher, 24.

In a tribute, his family said: "Neil was a much-loved family man who was well-respected in his local community.

"He was a very keen motorcyclist, being both a member and organiser within the Cleveland ROSPA Club.

"He will be sadly missed."

The 44-year-old woman passenger in the 4X4 suffered minor injuries in the accident on Wednesday.

The road was closed at its junction with the A68 but was reopened later.

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