THE heartbroken family of a man who died after being hit by a lorry in a serious incident on the A19 have paid tribute to him.

Sean Henry Eastaugh, 47, was killed on the A19 southbound, near to the A1027 overbridge, after being struck at around 10.50am on Tuesday, July 16.

His family said: “We regret to announce the loss of Sean Henry Eastaugh. He was a beloved son, brother and uncle.

“Driven and ambitious, Sean enjoyed a successful career in the oil industry in the USA and South America. He was vibrant and energetic and enjoyed road cycling and martial arts.

“We will all remember Sean for his kindness, generosity and love of his family.

“Our family respectfully asks for privacy at this time to deal with our grief.”

Officers would appeal to any witnesses who have not already spoken to police to come forward, as well as anyone who may have dash cam footage of the incident or anyone who may have seen the manner of driving of the lorry prior to the collision.

The A19 southbound and northbound was closed for several hours on Tuesday while emergency services dealt with the scene.

Any witnesses are asked to contact PC Andy Lawson from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 120452.