Taxi driver appeal after road death

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POLICE are seeking a taxi driver who could help provide information on the final moments of a man who died after being hit by a minibus.

Darren Wake, 43, of Wheatley Hill, died after he was involved in a collision with a minibus on the A181, near Running Waters, around 1.20am on May 22.

Officers investigating the collision want to track down a taxi driver who gave him a lift less than an hour before the accident.

Mr Wake had been out in Durham City with fellow members of Thornley Celtic Over-40s Football Club, who had been celebrating their final game of the season.

Police say from a voicemail left with a relative that officers have now established that at around 12.25am on May 22, he was picked up by a taxi in Durham which then dropped him off in the Sherburn area.

Officers say it is not known whether Mr Wake paid the fare or whether the driver gave him a lift as a favour.

The message did not make it clear which taxi firm Mr Wake had travelled with.

PC Andy Edgar, of Durham Police, said: “We are hoping the driver will remember giving a lift to Mr Wake, who was wearing a distinctive pink shirt.

“If he could contact us it would help establish the sequence of events which led to his unfortunate death.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Durham Police’s accident investigation unit on (0191) 3752159.