Teenager dies after car collides with tree near West Auckland, County Durham

The scene of the fatal road crash on the A688 near West Auckland

The scene of the fatal road crash on the A688 near West Auckland

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A TEENAGE driver has died after his car collided with a tree on a rural road in County Durham.

The 18-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the A688 Staindrop Road, near West Auckland, on Friday, February 28.

Police are yet to confirm the identity of the man, but he is known to be local to the area. 

His passenger, a 16-year-old girl, suffered minor injuries and had to be freed from the blue Vauxhall Corsa by firefighters.

She was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough for treatment and was released shortly afterwards.

Police officers believe the man was travelling north towards Bishop Auckland when he lost control of the vehicle at around 6.45pm.

The car then left the road and collided with a tree.

It is thought debris left on the road from a potential crash earlier that day could have played a part in the accident.

Acting inspector Peter Tate said: “Durham Constabulary would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the Corsa at all around the time of the accident or who may have seen any vehicle broken down close to the collision scene throughout the day.”

Firefighters from Bishop Auckland and Newton Aycliffe and a special rescue unit from Bishop Auckland attended the accident, along with police officers and paramedics.

The road was closed in both directions for eight hours following the accident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Police’s collision investigation unit on 0191-375-2159 or non-emergency number, 101, quoting incident number DHM28022014-0409.

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12:08pm Sun 2 Mar 14

punkrocker says...

Sad, god bless.
Sad, god bless. punkrocker
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10:52pm Sun 2 Mar 14

John Justice says...

Yes it is so sad that another young life has been lost due to what may be excessive speed. I sympathise with family and friends.....BUT, this may well be another tragic example that shows that legislation is required to help prevent young drivers from driving beyond their capabilities. I firmly believe that young drivers, along with those who have just past their test display a new or young driver sign on their car and be restricted to a maximum speed for a period of time. Such legislation, if it saved only one life cannot be opposed by any right thinking person.
Yes it is so sad that another young life has been lost due to what may be excessive speed. I sympathise with family and friends.....BUT, this may well be another tragic example that shows that legislation is required to help prevent young drivers from driving beyond their capabilities. I firmly believe that young drivers, along with those who have just past their test display a new or young driver sign on their car and be restricted to a maximum speed for a period of time. Such legislation, if it saved only one life cannot be opposed by any right thinking person. John Justice
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7:28pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Jim ... says...

I agree with johns comments to an extent, legislation is needed to help young people on the roads. Drivers can still be killed at a speed of 30, so where do you draw the line, are they more of a risk at slow speeds ?
However I know for a fact that the young lad was NOT speeding but has lost control of his vehicle by hitting either debris or oil left from a previous accident that day.
John should respect the families at this time and at least wait until the lad has been buried before writing any unfounded comments.
R.I.P. Jed
I agree with johns comments to an extent, legislation is needed to help young people on the roads. Drivers can still be killed at a speed of 30, so where do you draw the line, are they more of a risk at slow speeds ? However I know for a fact that the young lad was NOT speeding but has lost control of his vehicle by hitting either debris or oil left from a previous accident that day. John should respect the families at this time and at least wait until the lad has been buried before writing any unfounded comments. R.I.P. Jed Jim ...
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2:05pm Tue 4 Mar 14

greenfinger says...

However I know for a fact that the young lad was NOT speeding but has lost control of his vehicle by hitting either debris or oil left from a previous accident that day?

How can you know this as fact, or certain? As with any RTA fatality blame will be laid somewhere, accidents rarely happen, incidents are far more common.
However I know for a fact that the young lad was NOT speeding but has lost control of his vehicle by hitting either debris or oil left from a previous accident that day? How can you know this as fact, or certain? As with any RTA fatality blame will be laid somewhere, accidents rarely happen, incidents are far more common. greenfinger
  • Score: 1

7:48am Wed 5 Mar 14

John Justice says...

My comments about this accident and its cause is meant to highlight the serious problem of deaths of young people in car accidents. One of the main causes is excessive speed for the conditions at the time. This young man died because of at present unknown circumstances at the scene but it is highly likely the speed he was driving at whether low or high meant he was unable to prevent the accident. I do not in any way suggest he was "a boy racer" driving to fast. How can a young driver have sufficient experience to read all the conditions on the road while he is driving?. It is this lack of natural inexperience, which is not the fault of young drivers that cause accidents. statistics show that in 2011 car accidents were the leading cause of death between 15-24 yr olds. 1 in 3 drivers aged between 17-20 crash in the first 2 yrs of passing their test. I could go on quoting statistics but the point is that young people simply do not have the skills to drive safer than they do at present. I have had young friends die in road accidents before they were 20. It is a frustrating feeling when I read of more accidents involving young people that could have been avoided. It was not this young mans fault that he lacked enough experience that probably lead to this accident, it is the fault (if any) of legislators that fail to put in place support to help young drivers gain experience safely after they have passed their test. I apologise to family and friends of this young man if my comments cause offence but deaths among young drivers continue and many are preventable with help from government.
My comments about this accident and its cause is meant to highlight the serious problem of deaths of young people in car accidents. One of the main causes is excessive speed for the conditions at the time. This young man died because of at present unknown circumstances at the scene but it is highly likely the speed he was driving at whether low or high meant he was unable to prevent the accident. I do not in any way suggest he was "a boy racer" driving to fast. How can a young driver have sufficient experience to read all the conditions on the road while he is driving?. It is this lack of natural inexperience, which is not the fault of young drivers that cause accidents. statistics show that in 2011 car accidents were the leading cause of death between 15-24 yr olds. 1 in 3 drivers aged between 17-20 crash in the first 2 yrs of passing their test. I could go on quoting statistics but the point is that young people simply do not have the skills to drive safer than they do at present. I have had young friends die in road accidents before they were 20. It is a frustrating feeling when I read of more accidents involving young people that could have been avoided. It was not this young mans fault that he lacked enough experience that probably lead to this accident, it is the fault (if any) of legislators that fail to put in place support to help young drivers gain experience safely after they have passed their test. I apologise to family and friends of this young man if my comments cause offence but deaths among young drivers continue and many are preventable with help from government. John Justice
  • Score: 1

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