A MAN has died after being hit by a car near Durham in the early hours of Saturday.

Jake Paul Miller, from Sunderland, was involved in a collision on the A690 at about 2.45am.

The 24-year-old pedestrian was struck by a white Toyota Avensis on the westbound carriageway and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Mr Miller's family paid tribute to him as a "much-loved" son, brother, boyfriend, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend.

The family said: "It is with deepest regret that we announce the death of our son, Jake Paul Miller, 24-years-old, who was involved in a tragic road traffic collision on the A690 Durham City on Saturday.

“He was a much loved son, brother, boyfriend, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend to all and will be sadly missed.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support at this impossibly difficult time and ask to be left so that we can grieve in peace.”

The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the vehicle or the pedestrian at or around the time of the collision.

Officers are also keen to speak to anyone in the area at the time who may have dashcam footage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference number 63 of August 31.