A WOMAN was hit by a lorry after walking out into a busy dual carriageway.
Kelly Bennett, 36, from Stockton, had been walking on the A690 when she was hit from behind by the Volvo truck.
She was confirmed dead at the scene.
The incident happened shortly after 2.30am on Saturday, on the inside lane of the westbound carriageway between West Rainton and the entrance to the Ramside Hall hotel.
The driver, a 29-year-old man from Poland was unhurt, as were his two passengers.
The 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.”
Anyone with information should contact the collision investigation unit via 101.