A PEDESTRIAN was killed after being hit by a car as he crossed a country road.
The 30-year-old man, from Wheatley Hill, died after being hit by a green Citroen Xsara.
A 19-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is helping police with their inquiries.
The collision happened on the B1278 road at Thornley Crossings, between Wheatley Hill and Shotton Colliery, at about 3pm yesterday.
The victim was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, where he died from his injuries.
Two firefighters on their way from Peterlee to Wheatley Hill station went to the man’s aid.
They joined members of the public who gave first aid to the man.
Easington district manager Paul Knox and colleague Ian McLean were the first emergency workers on the scene.
They battled to try to resuscitate the man for 15 minutes.
Mr Knox said: “The man was in a very bad way. “The ambulance came just after we got there and paramedics and myself were also involved.”
Mr Knox went with the injured man in the ambulance to hospital.
A fire engine from Peterlee Fire Station attended and firefighter Chris Howe also helped with first aid.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to come forward.
It happened about a quarter of a mile west of the junction with Salters Lane.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Peterlee Police on 0345 6060365.