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Tributes to road crash victim
TRIBUTES have been paid to a theatre manager who lost his life in a road accident.
His sister, Jo Reynolds, said he was a dear son, brother and uncle who was "much loved and admired by family and friends".
She said: “Ian touched everyone’s life he came in contact with, he was a loving, devoted son to his father whom he cared for tirelessly, and loved his sister and brother dearly.
“Family and friends were everything to Ian and would help anyone who needed it without complaint."
The 45-year-old, of Causey View, Stanley, worked as a duty manager at the Empire Theatre in Consett.
He died in the early hours of Thursday at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, having been airlifted to the hospital after suffering multiple injuries in the accident the previous Saturday.
Mr Brown was driving a Suzuki Swift when it was involved in the accident outside the Top Gun paintball centre shortly before noon.
Mrs Reynolds added: “Ian was highly respected and liked in all aspects of his life, he was someone to admire and love.
“The loss of Ian has left and will always leave a huge void in all the families lives, taken too early in life and with so much more to give to the world.“We will all miss him dearly and he will never be far from our thoughts and forever and always in our hearts.”
Police are continuing to investigate the collision to prepare a report for the coroner’s inquest.
It is understood a Nissan Navara and a Renault Megane, heading towards Chester-le-Street, slowed down to allow another vehicle to turn right into the paintball centre when a Mercedes Sprinter crashed into the back of the Navara, which in turn hit the Megane and then crossed the centre line on the road and collided head-on with the Suzuki.
None of the other drivers or passengers, including two young children in the Renault, needed hospital treatment.
Any witnesses to the accident who have not already come forward are asked to contact Durham Constabulary’s collision investigation unit on 0191-375-2159.