A MAN who died after he was knocked down on a country lane has been named.
Brian Ainscough, of Wordsworth Avenue, Wheatley Hill, was taken to North Tees Hospital suffering from extensive injuries and was pronounced dead a short time after his arrival.
The 30-year-old had been crossing the B1279, near his home village, when he was struck by a green Citroen Xsara Picasso.
A 19-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released pending further inquiries.
The incident happened at about 3pm on Tuesday, a quarter of a mile west from its junction of Salter’s Lane in Shotton Colliery.
The car had been heading east when it collided with Mr Ainscough.
Firefighters Paul Knox and Ian McLean, station managers for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue, were the first of the emergency services to come across the scene as they passed on their way to Wheatley Hill fire station.
They called for help from colleagues, with firefighter Chris Howe joining in their efforts to save Mr Ainscough using CPR, with Mr Knox staying with him as he was taken to hospital.
However, Durham Constabulary confirmed at five hours after the collision he had not survived.
Mr Knox said: “We came across it literally just after it had happened. We did everything we could.”