A DRIVER has appeared in court to deny causing the death of a man.

Kevin Rolph, 63, came before Judge Andrew Hurst at Basildon Crown Court yesterday.

He is charged with one count of causing death by careless driving, relating to an incident in Paycocke Road, Basildon last year.

On June 25, there was a three vehicle crash between the junctions for East Mayne and Honywood Road.

As a result, 53-year-old Richard Navin sadly died from serious injuries sustained at the scene.

Witnesses described seeing fuel and glass and other debris sprayed across the road and at least two recovery vehicles attended to remove the damaged cars from the road.

Police tape closed off the road for several hours while investigations were carried out.

Rolph appeared dressed in a navy suit with white shirt and blue tie, remaining impassive throughout the hearing.

He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and nationality, entering a not guilty plea to his charge.

Many of Mr Navin’s family sat in court during the hearing.

A trial date has been fixed for the same court on June 22 next year.

It is expected to last up to four days.

Addressing Rolph, Judge Hurst says: “The trial date has been fixed for June next year.

“You must ensure that you are speaking to your solicitors as they will want to hear from you, and you will want to hear from them.

“If you do not attend the trial next year it could take place in your absence, and is a separate offence in itself.

Rolph, of Rachael Gardens in Silver End, was released on bail until the beginning of the trial.