Third victim dies after car smash

Rebecca Learoyd
Rebecca Learoyd
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A ROAD smash in Shotton Colliery has claimed a third life.

Rebecca Learoyd, 19, and Anne Peachey, 60, were the respective drivers of a Fiat 500 and Citroen Xsara which collided on Front Street in the village just after 6pm on Sunday.

The front seat passenger in the Fiat, 19-year-old Megan Robinson, of Thornley, suffered major injuries and remained in a critical condition in Newcastle’s RVI. However, she died in hospital yesterday lunchtime without ever regaining consciousness.

Post-mortem examinations will be held later in the week to determine a formal cause of death for all three women.

•A 22-year-old man from Wingate who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been released on police bail.