A 34-year-old driver was tragically killed after his car left the road and collided with a fence.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision involving a silver Honda Accord and which happened on North Lane 250m east of Elwick village, Hartlepool, at 12.20am on Saturday, February 24.
Cleveland Police said: "Sadly the 34-year-old driver of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this tragic time."
A 23-year-old female passenger of the vehicle was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where she was treated for a fractured collarbone and other minor injuries.
Officers are appealing for any witnesses to contact PC Lee Benson from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 032959.