Police appeal for witnesses after two road deaths

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POLICE are investigating two deaths on the region’s roads over the weekend.

A man and woman were killed in separate incidents on the A690 and A1018.

We believe Kelly had left a friend’s house in West Rainton and for some unknown reason was walking on the carriageway, in the direction of Durham, when she was struck by the lorry.

Sgt Jonathan Morgan

Kelly Bennett, 36, had been walking along the road on the Durham-bound carriageway of the A690, near to the junction for the Moore House Scouting Centre, when she was struck from behind by a lorry at around 2.30am on Saturday.

Kelly, who lived in Stockton, was confirmed dead at the scene.

The driver, a 29-year-old man from Poland, was unhurt as were his two passengers.

Durham Constabulary’s investigating officer, Sergeant Jonathan Morgan, said: “We believe Kelly had left a friend’s house in West Rainton and for some unknown reason was walking on the carriageway, in the direction of Durham, when she was struck by the lorry.

“If anyone driving along the A690 at that time remembers seeing a woman on foot in that area, we would ask them to contact us.”

Yesterday, flowers and tributes were left at the scene of the tragedy, between West Rainton and the entrance to Ramside Hall Hotel.

In a separate incident, Steven Nicholson, from Shotton Colliery, died after his grey Vauxhall Vectra overturned on the A1018 at the A19 sliproad near Seaham at around 8.30pm on Friday.

The 24-year-old suffered a serious internal injury and was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle, where he later died.

Two passengers in the car, both 24-year-old men from Shotton Colliery, were taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital with injuries which are not believed to be serious.

Sergeant Morgan, who is also carrying out inquiries into the incident, said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with Steven’s family and friends at this sad time.

“We would like to speak to anyone who saw Steven’s Vauxhall Vectra car at any point prior to the collision on Friday evening to get in touch.”

Anyone with information about either crash is is asked to call the collision investigation unit on 101.