Man released without charge after suspected hit-and-run death of Danny Wake (From The Advertiser Series)
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Man released without charge after suspected hit-and-run death of Danny Wake
A MAN arrested in connection with the death of three-year-old Danny Wake in a suspected hit and run incident in Darlington has tonight been released without charge.
Danny, who was from the Lascelles Park area of the town, died on Monday following a collision while out walking with his mother, younger brother and a young relative.
A 24-year-old man was arrested several hours after the collision on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Durham Police said tonight he has been released without charge and reiterated their appeal for witnesses.
Earlier, Danny's family issued a statement paying tribute to the youngster.
“Danny was a beautiful, loving and caring little boy, always laughing with a cheeky little smile," said the statement.
"He had lots of friends and was adored by his little brother Georgie. We just can’t find words to describe how much our very special boy will be missed by all of the family.”
The incident happened at approximately 10.35am at the junction of Neasham Road and Falmer Road in Darlington.
Supt Kevin Weir, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is a tragic incident and we have set up an incident room at Bishop Auckland police station to co-ordinate our enquiries and detectives from the force’s major crime team and road policing unit are assisting the investigation.”
Danny was walking with his mother, younger brother and a young relative when the collision occurred at the junction of Neasham Road and Falmer Road.
Officers seized a car belonging to the man. It was taken away on the back of a truck for forensic examination.
Last night detectives stressed their investigation was in the very early stages and appealed for anyone who may have seen the family or a car driving erratically or too fast in the area to come forward.
Police believe the car may have been travelling from Darlington town centre towards Neasham village.
Inspector Neil Fuller, from the Cleveland and Durham specialist operations unit, said: "We responded to a report at 10.30am of a road traffic collision in Neasham Road, in Darlington, at the junction of Falmer Road.
"Unfortunately, a three-year-old boy has been killed.
"We are trying to piece together what happened and trace any witnesses who might have seen a vehicle in the area acting suspiciously or anybody who may have seen the family prior to the collision itself."
A 100m cordon was in place around the scene of the tragic accident for several hours while police carried out house-to-house inquiries.
Marc Dillon, who lives near the scene of the accident, said: "I heard a screeching and a bang. I ran outside and there were loads of women standing over a little lad."
A member of staff in a nearby cafe, who did not wish to be named, said: "I didn't know what had happened at first, you see police and ambulances coming up here all the time but somebody said it was a hit and run. It is terrible."
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