A19 Sunderland crash: Man arrested over driver's death

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image captionJohn Robinson's family said he will be deeply missed

A man has been arrested over the death of a motorist in a crash on the A19 near Sunderland.

John Robinson was driving a car which was involved in a collision with a heavy goods vehicle at the junction with the A1231 shortly after midnight.

The 24-year-old, of Peterlee, died at the scene.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said a 56-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remained in custody.

Mr Robinson's family said in a statement: "All of our family are very sad to lose our lovely John."

Police have appealed for anybody who witnessed the collision, or who was in the area at the time and who may have dashcam footage, to contact the force.

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