Driver arrested after dad killed in County Durham crash

Shane Dowson and his girlfriend Deone Sully, aged 21, and their son, three-month-old Kian.
Shane Dowson and his girlfriend Deone Sully, aged 21, and their son, three-month-old Kian.
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A man has died after the car he was in crashed in County Durham on Sunday evening.

Shane Dowson, aged 22 was a rear passenger in a Vauxhall Vectra which was travelling on the B6299 from Tow Law to Sunniside when it left the roadside and crashed at 6.30pm.

Mr Dowson, who lived in North Bitchburn, near Crook was confirmed dead at the scene.

The driver, also aged 22 and from Willington was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham for treatment to back and wrist injuries.

He was then arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remains in custody at Durham city police station.

The other two passengers were a 27-year-old man from Crook, who sustained minor head injuries and a 20-year-old man from Willington, who has been receiving treatment in the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough for chest Injuries.

Shane leaves his mother, father, a brother and three sisters.

The family say they ‘devastated’ by Shane’s death but at this stage did not want to say anything else.