Quiet family man dies after road tragedy

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A MAN seriously injured after he was knocked down in a town centre has died.

Stephen Rutter was struck by a silver Renault Scenic as he walked over a pedestrian crossing on Ropery Lane, Chester-le-Street, at 7.35am on Monday.

Stephen Rutter

Stephen Rutter

The 35-year-old sustained head injuries and was first taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead before he was transferred to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

He had been in a critical condition, but Durham Constabulary said yesterday Mr Rutter, who lived in Stanley Terrace with his mother and sister, died on Tuesday afternoon.

Via a statement from his loved ones, a police spokeswoman said Mr Rutter had been a quiet family man who had worked at Boots in Newcastle for many years.

A 26-year-old woman from Chester-le-Street who had been driving the car was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and released on bail after she was questioned.