A SUSPECT has been charged after a man was found dead in the road.
Dean Laing, 38, was found between two parked cars in Claypath, Durham City, in the early hours of Saturday after allegedly being hit by another vehicle.
Police have confirmed A 37-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and will appear before Durham city magistrates.
Dean’s partner Louise Blenkinsopp, from Seaham, said her life had been “ruined” by Dean’s death.
“I just wish I could have been with him when he died and held his hand,” she said. ““I can’t stand the thought of him lying there by himself.”
The 45-year-old, who has a 14-year-old son, met Dean through an internet dating service in May, and they were planning to move in together by Christmas.
“I just felt so lucky to find him,” she said. “But now I’ve lost him.
“It is so cruel. I just want him back, I love him so much.”
Louise said she knew that Dean, who lived in Gilesgate, was the man for her as soon as she saw him on their first date.
“I was dead nervous about meeting him, but I knew straight away he was the one.
“At the end of the night, we sat in the car and talked for ages. Then when he got home he texted saying ‘I didn’t want to leave you, I think you’re amazing’.
“He said he wanted us to stay together forever.”
She added: “He was really old fashioned and thought the man should look after the woman. He did everything for us.
“He was so funny. He was a really big, strong ex-boxer, but he was just so loving and gentle.”
“He would kiss and cuddle me all the time, he was so lovely, just the perfect boyfriend.”