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3 March 2014, 13:21
A teenage driver who was killed when his car left the road and crashed on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland's been named as 17 year old Jed Johnson.
The teenager from Toft Hill was driving a Vauxhall Corsa which left the road as it took a bend on the A688 near Oakley service station in West Auckland on Friday night (28th February).
The vehicle collided with some trees and then spun around.
Jed, who would have been 18 next month died as a result of the injuries he suffered.
His front seat passenger, a 15-year-old girl from Barnard Castle was taken to hospital as a precaution but released after it was confirmed she had suffered no serious injuries.
The crash happened just before 7pm on Friday and police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 101 and ask for the road policing unit.
Police are also investigating the causes of separate collisions which happened in Bishop Auckland in the early hours of Sunday and Ferryhill late last night.
The first accident happened at 3.15am on Sunday, 2nd March at the B & Q roundabout on Bob Hardisty Drive in Bishop Auckland.
A Renault Clio being driven by a 19-year-old man from Shildon collided with metal railings surrounding a pedestrian crossing after the car headed from the roundabout.
One of the passengers in the rear of the car, a 30-year-old man from Shildon remains in Darlington Memorial Hospital with broken ribs, a punctured lung and other internal injuries.
The driver and his other three passengers were all either unhurt or received minor injuries only.
The second crash occurred just after midnight last night on Cleaves Avenue in Ferryhill at the junction with Helmsley Close.
A silver Citroen C2 collided with a green Renault Megane Scenic which was parked at the side of the road on Cleaves Ave, leaving both vehicles with extensive front end damage.
A 21-year-old woman who was a passenger in the Citroen suffered a fracture to her right leg and a head injury, she remains in Darlington Memorial Hospital but her injuries are not classed as life-threatening.
There was no-one inside the Megane at the time of the collision. Any witnesses to either of these incidents are also asked to contact road policing via the non-emergency 101 number.