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Pedestrian killed in hit and run in Durham city centre - man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

Incident date: 
Sat, 10 Nov 2012

A pedestrian was found dead between two parked cars in the Claypath area of Durham city in the early hours of Saturday (10/11/12) following a hit and run.

A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after hitting Dean.

A witness told police they had seen a man being clipped by a car on Claypath but the driver allegedly left the scene by the time emergency services arrived.

Durham Police are appealing for anyone who saw a silver Vauxhall Astra in the area at about 02:30 GMT to come forward.

Mr Laing’s family have told of their heartache at losing the keen fitness fanatic.

Dean grew up in the Gilesgate area of Durham with his family, including dad David, 63, and brother Mark, 40.

Mr Laing was a keen boxer, cyclist and runner throughout his life, and once rode his bike from John O’Groats to Land’s End for charity.

In 2007 he moved down to Rugby in Warwickshire, where brother Mark lives with his wife Catherine and three children, to work on the railways.
But the former Gilesgate Comprehensive School pupil returned to Durham to live with his father about six months ago when the work dried up

He was pronounced dead at the scene and a post mortem examination later revealed he died of head injuries.

Mr Laing’s brother Mark said: “He couldn’t have been drunk or anything like that, he doesn’t get that way. He was a big lad and could take his drink. I have never seen him blind drunk. He wasn’t the type.

“He used to be right into his fitness. He was really into mountain biking. And he loved doing card tricks. If you saw him in a pub he would always have a pack of cards with him and he would show anyone that would watch.”

  • UPDATE 12/1/12

A MAN appeared before magistrates on Monday 12th November accused of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop after an accident.

Pantelimon Iordache, 37, of South View, Bearpark, near Durham City, was not asked to plead when he appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court.

Mr Iordeche was remanded in custody to appear at Durham Crown Court on Thursday.

  • UPDATE 15/01/13

When Iordache appeared at Durham Crown Court on Wednesday January 14th 2013 a further count of causing Mr Laing’s death by careless driving was put to Iordache.

He pleaded ‘guilty’ and also admitted the additional charge of failing to stop after an accident. He pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the original charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

Iordache was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on February 11.

  • UPDATE (15/02/13)

Iordache was jailed for nine months at Durham Crown Court.

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