A family have paid tribute to a “carefree” teenager who died after being struck by a taxi in the early hours of Tuesday morning near Bishop Auckland.
Pedestrian Elliot Ayre suffered fatal injuries when he was involved in a collision with a taxi shortly before 2.40am on Tuesday 27 December.
The 19-year-old was walking along the A689 in the Toronto area when he was struck by the Peugeot vehicle, which was heading towards Bishop Auckland.
Paramedics attended but, sadly, the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.
In a statement today, his loving family said: “It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our son, Elliot Ayre, 19 years, who was lost in a tragic road traffic collision on the A689 at Bishop Auckland on 27 December 2022.
“Elliot is a much-loved son, brother, grandson and friend, social butterfly and devoted Sunderland fan who touched so many lives with his carefree spirit. We will carry him with us every day.
“We wish to thank all who have sent their support and ask for privacy as we remember and commemorate his life, together with those who love him”.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward, particularly anyone with dashcam footage from the area in the moments leading up to the incident.
Sgt Catherine Iley, of Durham Constabulary’s Roads and Armed Policing Unit, said: “Our deepest sympathies go out to Elliot’s family and friends and all those who have been touched by this tragic incident.
“We would appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision or the moments leading up to it to get in touch with us as soon as possible. We would particularly like to hear from anyone who has dashcam footage from the time.”
The road was closed for approximately five hours while accident investigators examined the scene.