A family has paid tribute to a teenager who died in a crash in County Durham at the weekend.
Shortly after midnight on Sunday, 17th May, Karl Martin Bennett, aged 17, was a passenger in a Ford Mondeo when it left the road and crashed near a garden centre on the A182, South Hetton Road, Easington.
The car came to rest in a field.
Police were alerted immediately by a passing motorist.
However, Karl was confirmed dead from his injuries at the scene.
The other two occupants were men aged 18, and from the South Hetton and Easington Lane areas.
They were treated at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough but have since been discharged.
Karl was from Easington Lane and his family said he had been looking forward to his 18th birthday next week.