It occurred at approximately 3.15am on Sunday 4 December 2011, when a silver Mitsubishi Warrior, travelling on an unclassified road from Thornton Steward towards Finghall, left the road on a sharp right hand bend close to the reservoir before hitting a tree.
The three men in the car, who are all aged 23 and from the local area, were taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital. One of the passengers, a man from Carthorpe, was later transferred to James Cook University Hospital with a serious head injury, where he currently remains in a critical condition. The driver and second passenger remain in Darlington Memorial Hospital in stable conditions.
I am urging anyone who may have seen the car prior to the collision to come forward and contact the police as soon as possible.
Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact TS Clare Sawyer on 0845 60 60 24 7. Press option 2 and ask for Clare Sawyer by name.