Driver died after taking ill at wheel

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A DRIVER who died after falling ill at the wheel of his car has been named.

Eric Livesey, from Belvedere Gardens, in Shotton Colliery, took ill while driving his Vauxhall Astra in Durham City.

It is thought he suffered a heart attack before the vehicle was involved in a collision.

Two passers-by trained in first aid, who were first on the scene, had tried to help the 76-year-old, before paramedics arrived and tried to revive him.

But sadly the Mr Livesey was pronounced dead a short time after arriving at the University Hospital of North Durham.

His wife Eva, 77, was the passenger in the car but was unhurt.

Emergency services were called to the Mountjoy roundabout in the city, near the junction of Hallgarth Street and Stockton Road, shortly after 1pm on Wednesday, following reports the Astra had beeing in a collision with another vehicle, a Volkswagen Tiguan.

The occupants of this car, a 68-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy, both from Coxhoe, were uninjured.

Mr Livesey’s Astra had been travelling along Hallgarth Road towards the Whinney Hill roundabout when he became unwell and started to lose control of the vehicle, veering to the right.

The car collided with the Volkswagen, which was travelling in the opposite direction, but was stationery to allow oncoming traffic through.

The Astra veered across the roundabout, coming to rest on an exit road.

When police arrived, paramedics were treating Mr Livesey, having taken over from the two passers-by.