TOUCHING tributes have been made to a son who “spread happiness in the hearts of everyone met” after he was tragically killed in a car smash aged just 25.
Andrew Dunn lost his life in a two-car crash on the A689, near Hartlepool, on Saturday – the second fatal road crash in the area in just three days.
Andrew, from Wynyard, who was driving a Ford Fiesta, was declared dead at the scene between Wynyard and Sedgefield at 11.40am on Saturday.
His devastated family released a tribute saying: “Andrew was a happy person who tried so hard with everything he did.
“He spread happiness in the hearts of everyone he met. Andrew loved the outdoors, loved his family and he never ever gave up. He was a much-loved brother, son and grandson. We miss you.”
Andrew’s car was involved in a collision with a blue Peugeot carrying a 47-year-old woman and her husband who was driving.
The woman was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, with suspected head, pelvic and abdominal injuries.
She had to be cut free from the car by firefighters.
Watch manager Davey Veitch, of Stockton Fire Station, said: “On arrival one vehicle was in a ditch and one was at the side of the carriageway. The female occupant of the Peugeot had to be cut free by firefighters and airlifted to hospital.
“The driver of the second vehicle, a Fiesta, was unfortunately declared dead at the scene.”
The injured woman’s husband suffered minor cuts and bruises and both were later released from hospital.
The A689 was closed to traffic in both directions until around 5pm while traffic police tried to establish how the crash happened.
Police are appealing for anyone who was travelling on that stretch of road who has not already contacted them to call the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 083556.
Saturday’s death was the second road fatality in the Hartlepool area after a 60-year-old man was killed on Thursday.
The driver, who is from Hartlepool, but who has not been named by police, died after his vehicle collided with a minibus on the B1280, near Wingate, just off the A19 dual carriageway.
Police said they believe the man, a landscape gardener and former driving instructor, may have been trying to do a U-turn.
He was airlifted to hospital after being cut free from the wreckage of his silver Citroen C4 – but medics were unable to save his life.
Eleven people travelling in the minibus were taken to hospital, but were not seriously hurt.
Relatives of the deceased and witnesses to the accident, are urged to contact Durham Police’s collision investigation unit on (0191) 3752159.