THE loved-ones of a man whose life was claimed when his car crashed near to the A19 have said their loss has left a “massive hole” in their lives.
The family of Steven Nicholson, who died after his car overturned on the A1018 near Seaham last Friday, have paid tribute to him.
We will forever remember him as a polite and well-mannered young man that made us proud.Family of Steven Nicholson
In a statement released through Durham Constabulary his family said: “Steven was a much-loved son.
“Losing him in such sudden and tragic circumstances has been devastating.
“We will forever remember him as a polite and well-mannered young man that made us proud.
“There is a massive hole in our lives that cannot be filled.
“We will miss Steven always.”
The grey Vauxhall Vetra being driven by Steven, who lived in Shotton Colliery, overturned on the A1018 from Ryhope.
The accident happened at about 8.30pm on Friday, on the A19 entry slip road near Seaham.
Steven suffered a serious internal injury as a result of the collision and was transported to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where he 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.
Police have appealed for anyone who saw Steven’s Vauxhall Vectra before the crash happened on Friday night to get in touch as investigators piece together how the accident occured.
In the aftermath of the crash, Sergeant Jonathan Morgan 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 is asked to call the collision investigation unit on 101.
Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.