The family of a 17-year-old man who died following a collision on the A66 on Friday have paid tribute to their “much-loved son and brother.”
Sam Uddin, from Middlesbrough, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene of the collision. His family have described him as a “much-loved son and brother, who will be sadly missed.”
Officers were called to a report of a collision involving two vehicles on the A66 eastbound at around one o'clock on Friday afternoon close to the Long Newton turn off, involving a white Audi A3 and a blue BMW.
Sam was travelling as a passenger in the blue BMW.
The A66 remained closed in both directions whilst officers conducted enquires.
Sam’s family went on to say: “We wish to thank everyone for their support and ask for some privacy so that we can grieve in peace.”
The 27-year-old male driver of the BMW was arrested on suspicion of driving offences. He has now been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
The 38-year-old male driver of the Audi suffered a laceration to his arm, a 42-year-old female passenger suffered a fractured spine and two other passengers aged 2 and 5 suffered minor injuries. All were taken to hospital for treatment.
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or anyone who may have dashcam footage which could assist the investigation is asked to contact PC Jayne Gatland from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 140624.