A MAN has appeared in court charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a head-on smash.

Thomas Treadwell was charged after Aironas Gzimaila was killed in a crash, on the A120, near Harwich, in March last year.

During a short appearance at Colchester Magistrates’ Court yesterday, 29-year-old Treadwell, of Langdon Hills, Basildon, was not asked to enter a plea to the charge.

An appearance has been scheduled at Ipswich Crown Court next month.

Mr Gzimaila had been driving a Ford Fiesta which collied with a Vauxhall Corsa.

The 23-year-old, who was from Harwich, died at the scene.

District judge Julie Cooper said the matter could only be dealt with at crown court.

Ms Cooper said: “This is a matter which can only be heard at the crown court.

“Your next appearance will be on December 17 and you will be given unconditional bail until them.

“Keep in touch with your solicitor to ensure you are properly prepared for the next hearing.”

She added: “If you fail to attend for your next appearance you commit a criminal offence.”

Treadwell’s solicitors said they would be instructing an expert to see whether he suffered a hypoglycemic episode at the wheel which may have led to the crush.

The term is used for when blood sugar levels drop too low and mainly affects people with diabetes.

Treadwell, who was dressed in a shirt and tie yesterday for his court appearance, was also hospitalised after the crash with serious injuries.

Another driver who was in a Toyota Rav 4 was hurt when they crashed into debris strewn on the road.

Firefighters, police and ambulance crews all attended the scene of the crash and closed the road for several hours while an investigation was launched.

Mr Gzimailas’ father and dedicated traffic officers sat in court for Treadwell’s hearing.

His family asked for privacy to grieve following his sad death.

An inquest opening into his death heard the Corsa had drifted across the centre of the road.

Mr Gzimaila died from multiple injuries.