Hearing opens on crash tragedy.
Jonathan Fishwick, 18, and David Welch, 27, lost their lives when the car they were travelling in hit a bridge parapet on the A67.
Mr Fishwick, a bricklayer of Yarm Road in Darlington, was driving the Citroen car when the crash occurred on Friday about 11.30pm.
He was thrown from the vehicle with Mr Welch, also from Yarm Road, and another 24-year-old passenger, who was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees with internal injuries and a broken hand.
The trio had been travelling from Darlington to Yarm when Mr Fishwick is believed to have lost control of the car around a right-hand bend. The crash, half a mile from Urlay Nook, left the road closed all night.
Mr Fishwick and Mr Welch, a mechanic, were both pronounced dead at the scene. Mr Fishwick was identified by his fingerprints and jewellery.
Evidence of identification was given by Mr Fishwick's father Thomas, 44, of Darlington and Mr Welch's cousin, James Ward, 52, also from Darlington.
The hearing was adjourned to a date to be fixed.
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|Publication:||Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)|
|Date:||Nov 12, 2003|
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