A TEENAGER was killed as he tried to move his stepmum’s car off the road after it ran out of fuel, police have today revealed.
Dominic Scarre, 19, was hit by a Ford Transit van on the eastbound carriageway of the A689 in Sedgefield yesterday morning.
Police have now said that Dominic had stepped out of the Peugeot 406 that was driven by his stepmum and had intended to push it up on the kerb.
But as he was doing so he was hit by the van and suffered multiple injuries which tragically proved fatal.
Dominic’s parents said they feel “utterly devastated” by the tragedy.
His stepmum, who was taking Dominic to a forklift truck driving course in the area, suffered minor back and neck injuries and was treated at University Hospital of North Tees.
The 27-year-old driver of the Transit van also needed hospital treatment for minor injuries and was then arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.
He was released on police bail while enquiries continue.
Dominic, from Low Moor Cottages, in Finchale, near Durham City, was a former Framwellgate School student and had just completed a two-year environmental conservation course at Durham’s Houghall College.
He leaves behind a 13-year-old brother.
Any witnesses to the accident, which took place at 7.50am near the junction with the A177, who have not already come forward are asked to contact Durham Police’s collision investigation unit on (0191) 3752159.