Crash victim named

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POLICE have named a man who was killed after being knocked down by a car as he crossed a country road.

Brian Ainscough, 30, was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital following an incident on the B1279 at Shotton Colliery around 3pm on Tuesday.

Mr Ainscough, of Wordsworth Avenue, in Wheatley Hill, was knocked down by an east-bound green Picasso as he crossed the road.

A Durham Police spokesman said: “A man who was knocked down by a car in east Durham has been identified as Brian Ainscough, aged 30, who lived in Wordsworth Avenue in Wheatley Hill.

“Mr Ainscough was crossing the B1279 in Shotton at 3pm on Tuesday when he was struck by a green Picasso heading east.

“He suffered injuries from the collision which proved fatal and he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the University Hospital of North Tees.”

The driver of the car, a 19-year-old man from Thornley, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

After being interviewed, he was released pending further inquiries.

The Hartlepool Mail reported yesterday that fire personnel from Peterlee Fire Station and members of the public battled to resuscitate Mr Ainscough.

The incident happened on the road at Thornley Crossings, between Wheatley Hill and Shotton Colliery, about a quarter of a mile west of the junction with Salters Lane.

Durham Police are asking any witnesses to contact the force’s collision investigation unit on (0191) 3752159.