'He will be missed forever' - Tributes to loving dad who died during police pursuit
The family of a pillion passenger on a motorbike who died after a police pursuit have paid tribute to him.
Father-of-two Lee Stevenson, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene after the collision at the roundabout on Passfield Way, near Peterlee, in the earlier hours of Saturday morning.
His death come as a great shock to those who knew Lee, from Peterlee, who was a loving dad to his son and daughter, Mason and Ava.
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Lee’s mother and aunty paid tribute to him on Saturday.
His mother, Naomi, said: “Today I lost my son Lee, he was only 27.
“My daughter has lost her brother, and he has left behind two beautiful children.
“Lee was hardworking, funny, and lived life to the max.
“He thought he was invincible, and I wish he had been.
“He was loved by everyone who knew him and will be missed forever.
“You will be forever in our hearts Lee. Love Mam, Paul and Samantha xxx.”
His aunty Wendy added: “Lee was a young lad with his whole life ahead of him.
“He lived for his children Mason and Ava.
“Lee worked so hard, he was always winding someone up, but he would also do anything for anyone.
“Lee was on the path of sorting his life out and he was the best nephew I could have asked for.
“Lee was a gentleman, a kind-hearted fella and was always full of love and laughs.
“He will always be remembered as a true mate and will be missed by all his family and friends.”
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The driver of the motorbike remains in a critical condition in hospital and an investigation into the collision is underway.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct has been made aware of the incident.
The IOPC has not yet responded to a request for comment.