Durham teen killed while crossing road

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A TEENAGER died after he was hit by a car while trying to cross a road.

The 13-year-old boy was making his way across the A690 in Durham city last night with a group of friends when the accident happened.

A male driver and two passengers, all believed to be from the Durham area, were in an Audi A3 driving away from the city centre, when it hit the youngster as he crossed the busy dual carriageway at about 7.15pm.

Paramedics and police were called to the scene, but the teenager received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead.

The A690 was closed to traffic for five-and-a-half hours between the Gilesgate roundabout and the Belmont flyover, where the accident took place, and diversions were put in place while police investigators examined the scene.

A Durham Constabulary spokesman said: “An Audi A3 was driving eastbound when it collided with a 13-year-old male pedestrian.

“The pedestrian received fatal injuries.

“The male had been with a group of others and was trying to cross the road from the north side to the south side of the carriageway where the accident occurred.”

City of Durham councillor Les Thomson said it was an upsetting incident and he would be looking further into the circumstances.

“There is a public right of way across that road between the flyover and the roundabout and I’ve always had concerns about it.

“You see people crossing that road quite regularly, and it’s a dangerous part of the road. Cars go at quite a considerable speed along there.”

The Lib Dem councillor, who lives in Gilesgate Moor, added: “I’ve only just learned about the incident and I don’t know exactly where it happened.

“I need to find out more about it, but it’s perhaps something we could look at in the future on the highways committee.”

Police are not releasing the name of the youngster, who is believed to live in the area, until all his family has been informed.

Inquiries into the accident are ongoing and police are appealing for anyone who may have seen it, or may have information, to contact investigating officers on 375 2159 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.