A man had to be flown to hospital by helicopter after he was hit by a car in Hartlepool last night.
Police are appealing for information after the 21-year-old was hit by a black Mercedes C200 outside the library on Wynyard Road at around 7.20pm.
The man, who suffered severe head injuries, was treated at the scene by a crew from the Great North Air Ambulance and taken to James Cook University Hospital.
His condition was critical upon arrival.
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision should contact PC Andrew Lawson from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 131286.