Trucker to face no action after friends die in crash

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NO action will be taken against a lorry driver who was arrested after a crash which killed two young friends, police have confirmed.

The driver of the Iveco lorry was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after the collision which claimed the lives of Alexander Mackenzie and Angela Bate, both 21.

The 51-year-old, from Pontefract, West Yorkshire, was due to answer bail later this month.

However, Durham Constabulary has now confirmed no further action will be taken against the trucker.

Sergeant Jonathan Morgan, who led the inquiries into the accident, said: “Discussions took place between the police and CPS following which it was concluded there were insufficient grounds to justify action against the driver of the lorry.”

The crash happened in the early hours of Saturday, July 6, as Alexander and Angela, who were from Seaham, headed north on the A19 at Hawthorn Services on a Yamaha off-road bike.

Both vehicles were heading in the same direction when they collided.

As part of their inquiries, officers put together a timeline of what happened in the lead-up to the tragedy.

The decision to release the driver without further action comes after the force said Alexander, of Newlands Road, Northlea, and Angela, of Wycliffe Road in Westlea, had been formerly identified. Angela’s funeral was held on Friday, at the Salvation Army in Seaham, followed by a cremation in Durham.

As the loved ones of both accident victims began to come to terms with their loss, Alexander’s relations issued a statement paying tribute to him.

His mum, Lindsay Mackenzie, said: “Alex’s death has hit us extremely hard as we are a very close family.

“Alex leaves two younger brothers, Andrew and Dominic to whom he was very close, and they are going to miss their big brother dreadfully.

“Alex was a very much-loved son, brother and friend who we will all remember as a popular and pleasant lad with his whole life ahead of him.

“We are devastated by our loss and would ask that we be left in peace to come to terms with the tragic loss of our loved one.”