James Gibson death: Driver David Coutts sentenced

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The driver of a car that hit and killed a teacher has been sentenced.

James Gibson, a 28-year-old teacher from Jarrow, South Tyneside, died in hospital after being injured in the crash on Grange Road on 19 December.

Driver David Coutts, 59, from Northbrook Court, Hartlepool, admitted causing death by careless driving and was given a 12 month community order.

He was also given 250 hours of unpaid work and disqualified from driving for 12 months at Teesside Crown Court.

Colleagues at Hartlepool College described Mr Gibson as a "very popular and an excellent teacher".

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