A FATAL car crash will not be investigated by a police watchdog.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was passed details of the incident after the death of Glenn Robinson.
The 22-year-old, a council gardener, of Bridge Road, Shotton Colliery, was killed when the Citroen Saxo he was driving smashed through a concrete and metal fence at Grants Houses, Horden, on Sunday.
The car was spotted travelling at speed by police just minutes before the crash.
Officers in an unmarked police car going in the opposite direction turned to follow it.
Mr Robinson’s passenger, a 23-year-old from Easington Colliery, suffered cuts and bruises to his head and leg.
A police officer also had to be treated for shock in the aftermath of the crash, and the road, the B1283, was closed for five hours.
The IPCC has now said it has decided not to investigate the incident.
Inspector Ed Turner, of Durham Police, said: “This was a tragic death of a young man who was returning home from a night out with a friend.
“Our inquiries have shown that there was no police pursuit in progress, and at no time did Glenn fail to stop for the police.”