Death crash suspect arrested on dangerous driving charge

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A man suspected of being the driver of a car which flipped over in a field killing a teenager has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Karl Bennett, from Easington Lane, was declared dead at the scene of the horror smash, which happened shortly after midnight on Sunday, May 17.

Floral tributes left in memory of boxer Karl Bennett, 17, who died in a crash on Sunday, May 17, on the A182 South Hetton Road.

Floral tributes left in memory of boxer Karl Bennett, 17, who died in a crash on Sunday, May 17, on the A182 South Hetton Road.

The apprentice design technician, who worked for Northern Gas Network, died just days before his 18th birthday.

He had been a passenger in a green Ford Mondeo when it left the A182 South Hetton Road near to Plants R Ross, and overturned in a field.

The two 18-year-olds inside the car were taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, and were released after they were treated for injuries. Police have now confirmed the man believed to be driving the car at the time, who is from the Easington Lane area, was arrested as part of the investigation on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He has been released on bail until a date in August after he was questioned by officers.

The investigation is continuing and anyone who has information should ring police.

Durham Constabulary spokesman

A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: “The investigation is continuing and anyone who has information should ring police on 101 and ask to speak to the investigating officer, Sergeant Sarah Blackett from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit.”

Police have asked anyone who saw the crash or the car in the lead up to the collision to get in touch, as they piece together what happened.

Karl was a member of the former Hetton Boxing Club as a keen amateur boxer.

He leaves his parents, step mum and step dad, and brothers Josh and Ben.

The spot on the A182 South Hetton Road where Karl Bennett died in a crash on Sunday, May 17, when a green Ford Mondeo left the road and overturned.

The spot on the A182 South Hetton Road where Karl Bennett died in a crash on Sunday, May 17, when a green Ford Mondeo left the road and overturned.

An inquest into his death was opened last month by Andrew Tweedle at the Coroner’s Court in Crook, and was adjourned as the outcome of tests, including a post-mortem examination and toxicology results, were carried out.

An inquest review is expected to take place on August 24.

Anyone who can help police with their inquiries can call 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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.