A MOTORIST who was tragically killed in a two-car smash has been named as Sally Holbrook.
The 48-year-old lost her life in the accident on the A689, near Greatham, on Sunday, December 23.
Meanwhile on Christmas Eve, a pensioner died after being involved in a collision with a car in Horden.
Mrs Holbrook was the driver of a blue Vauxhall Agila which was involved in a crash with a black Ford Focus at the junction with Dalton Back Lane, Claxton.
She died at the scene.
The passenger in the Agila, a 52-year old-man from Hartlepool, was taken to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, where his condition was described as critical but stable.
The driver of the Focus, a 50-year-old man from Hartlepool, was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
He was kept in with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.
A passenger who was travelling in the Focus, a 25-year-old man from Hartlepool, was uninjured.
The family of Mrs Holbrook did not wish to speak about the tragedy.
The road was closed to traffic for moer than two hours in both directions following the collision at 5.25pm.
Vehicles trying to travel out of Hartlepool were forced to turn around at Sapper’s Corner with only Greatham residents allowed through the village.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the collision to contact the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit.
Contact PC William Parker on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 228873.