Man jailed for killing popular Colburn grandmother Aunty Helen

Simon Coker was jailed yesterday at Teesside Crown Court.

A man has been jailed for eight years for killing a popular Colburn grandmother.

Simon Coker, 32, of Castle Hill, Richmond, was jailed yesterday at Teesside Crown Court following the death of Helen Doherty, 78.

Mrs Doherty – known locally as Aunty Helen – was hit by a moped being ridden by Coker in Forest Drive, Colburn, on August 13 last year.

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Coker left the scene after the collision and later failed a breath test.

She was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital with serious head injuries but died the following day.

Coker had earlier admitted causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed limit for alcohol.

He also pleaded guilty to making a false statement.

Hundreds of tributes were paid to Mrs Doherty following her death.

Richmondshire district councillor and Colburn town councillor Helen Grant was friends with Mrs Doherty and said she was a great supporter of community events.

She said the pensioner was full of “kindness and generosity”.

Flowers left following the accident in Forest Road, Colburn.