Bike rider in court over death of passenger
A MOTORCYLE rider has appeared in court accused of causing the death of his pillion passenger.
Lewis Russell, aged 21, faced Plymouth magistrates charged with dangerous driving leading to the death of Nathan Kendall.
Mr Kendall, aged 20, died after a Honda CBR600 crashed in Alexandra Road, Mutley, on November 6 last year.
He was the pillion passenger on the machine driven by Russell.
Russell, of Peacock Close, Plympton, did not enter a plea to the allegation.
Magistrates sent his case to Plymouth Crown Court.
Russell was released on unconditional bail to appear before a judge on September 30.
Police said at the time of the accident that Russell was taken to Derriford Hospital with a serious arm injury.
The accident happened early in the morning.
Police said the Honda was the only vehicle involved in the crash.
Mr Kendall, also from Plympton, was an electrical apprentice with Babcock Marine.
He was a successful drama and dance student, winning two drama scholarships at the Italia Conti theatre school.
Mother Gail at the time said in tribute: “He was always very loving, gentle, funny, caring and extremely thoughtful, especially towards myself and the family.
“His talents were endless, too. He was an accomplished dancer and had appeared in three professional pantos as a child.”