Alleged death crash driver to be reinterviewed by police

Friends gather to pay their respects to Karl Bennett at the scene of the crash which claimed the 17-year-old's life.

Friends gather to pay their respects to Karl Bennett at the scene of the crash which claimed the 17-year-old's life.

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The alleged driver of a car which crashed killing a 17-year-old apprentice is to be re-interviewed.

The development in the investigation into the horror smash which claimed the life of Karl Bennett was revealed during a review into the inquest into his death.

Karl Bennett, 17, who died in a car accident on Sunday, May 17.

Karl Bennett, 17, who died in a car accident on Sunday, May 17.

The Easington Lane teenager was a passenger in a green Ford Mondeo when it left the A182 South Hetton Road, crashed and overturned i a field just after midnight on Sunday, May 17.

Two 18-year-olds who had also been in the car were taken to the University Hospital of James Cook and were released after treatment.

Days later, police arrested a person they believe was driving at the time of the accident on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving before releasing him on bail.

Yesterday, at a review into Karl’s inquest held at the Coroner’s Court in Crook, coroner Andrew Tweddle asked for an update.

By that time, we should have and update from the police and we will know with some degree of certainty about what is happening.

Coroner Andrew Tweddle

Mr Tweddle was told officers plan to re-interview the suspect at the start of next month at the earliest.

He was also told they are awaiting further forensic tests, with the post mortem examination papers to be signed later this week.

The next review date is listed for October 6.

Mr Tweddle said: “By that time, we should have and update from the police and we will know with some degree of certainty about what is happening.”

Karl was an apprentice design technician with Northern Gas Network and was a member of the former Hetton Boxing Club.

Police have asked anyone who saw the collision, or car before the crash, to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.