Tributes as death crash teenager named

Floral tributes after a fatal  RTA on Ashdale, Mount Pleasant, Penshaw.
Floral tributes after a fatal RTA on Ashdale, Mount Pleasant, Penshaw.
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POLICE have named a teenager killed in a crash that has left another man fighting for his life.

Jay McCormick, 19, of Pinewood Avenue, in Washington, was pronounced dead at Sunderland Royal Hospital on Sunday night after the Suzuki Swift he was in smashed into a driveway in Ashdale, Mount Pleasant, near Penshaw.

Yesterday, broken glass littered the garden of the house where the car came to a stop and floral tributes have been laid at a lamp-post that was knocked over in the collision.

One read: “You will never be forgotten and will always be in our hearts.”

People living on the quiet estate said they ran out to try and help in the aftermath of the tragic collision.

One woman, who has lived in the street for 10 years, said: “It was awful, absolutely awful. I ran out, I mean we all did.

“It’s like that round here, a nice little community.”

A 53-year-old man, who did not want to be named, added: “I didn’t see what happened, but we all heard about it.

“People do come very quickly down here.

“They must have been cutting through.”

Investigations are still ongoing into the crash, which happened just before 9pm.

A 23-year-old man remains in a critical condition in Newcastle’s RVI after suffering serious injuries.

Two men, aged 25 and 34, were arrested in connection with the collision.

The 25-year-old was treated for injuries at Sunderland Royal Hospital. The other man was unhurt.

Firefighters from Washington and Hebburn were called to the scene and used specialist cutting equipment to free the men from the car.

Police are investigating why the car left the road and collided with three parked cars, including a Vauxhall Corsa, and ploughed into the driveway of a nearby house.

Officers were carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the street yesterday as part of their investigation.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to phone 101 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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