Motorist due in court following fatal crash on A1(M)

A man has been charged with a number of driving offences following a crash on a major road which claimed a woman’s life.

Monday, 5th August 2019, 1:28 pm
Updated Monday, 5th August 2019, 4:09 pm
The man will appear before magistrates at Newton Aycliffe.

The collision happened at around 10.15pm on Friday, August 2, on the southbound side of the A1(M) near the Newton Aycliffe junction, and involved a silver Toyota Auris and a white Ford Transit van.

The woman, a passenger in the Auris, was taken to James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, with serious injuries but later died.

Two other male passengers in the Auris remain in hospital. One is seriously injured while the other is described as stable.

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The female driver of the Auris and an 11-year-old boy were taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital following the collision. They have since been discharged.

The 34-year-old driver of the Transit van was arrested at the scene and later charged with a number of offences.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, August 6, to face one count of drink driving, three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, one count of aggravated vehicle taking and one count of driving without insurance.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision, or saw the vehicles being driven beforehand.

They would also like to hear from anyone who may have dashcam footage of the collision, or the lead up to it.

Please contact Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 556 of August 2 with any information.