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7 February 2012, 09:58
Police want to trace two potential witnesses to a collision in Pelton, near Chester-le-Street last month which left a teenager seriously hurt.
The crash took place at around 6.20pm on Friday, 20th January on the A693 at its junction with Pelton Lane. Two vehicles were involved, a black Renault Clio and a silver Peugeot 206.
The Clio had been heading east with the other car travelling in the opposite direction. As they approached the junction the two cars collided as the Clio attempted to turn right onto Pelton Lane.
An 18-year-old from Pelton who was sitting in the front seat suffered a serious head injury which was initially thought to be critical.
After being treated at the University Hospital of North Durham he was transferred to the RVI in Newcastle. His condition has now stabilised and he is no longer considered to be in danger.
Officers investigating the incident are keen to trace two potential witnesses who have not, so far come forward. The first was a man in his fifities who stopped at the scene to help, he is thought to have had a young boy, maybe five years old with him.
The other is the driver of a black 4x4 vehicle who may have been travelling from the A693 onto Pelton Lane and might have seen the collision.
If they, or anyone else has information which could help the investigation they are asked to ring 101, the new non-emergency number for the police.
The officer dealing with the incident is PC Claire Kell.
The driver of the Clio, an 18-year-old youth from Pelton suffered a shoulder injury while the Peugeot driver, a 34-year-old man from Beamish sustained a broken toe.