Tyne & Wear

Parents mourn son Darren Lee after Stanley bus crash

Darren Lee
Image caption Darren Lee's parents said he was well-known around Stanley

A man who was killed when he was hit by a bus was as a "happy-go-lucky lad" who would do anything to help, his parents said.

Darren Lee, 31, was killed in the collision with the single-decker bus on Rotary Way, Stanley, County Durham, late on Friday night.

Durham Police said it appeared he stepped out to try to cross the dual carriageway.

His parents Elaine and Stephen said he would be much missed.

They said: "Darren was a well-known and popular figure around the town of Stanley, having lived in the area all his life.

"He had many friends in the town with whom he enjoyed socialising and he had been on a night out when he was involved in this tragic accident.

"He was a 'happy-go-lucky' lad who would do anything to help anybody. He was particularly fond of spending time with his grandma, the rest of his family and his American Bulldog Metz."

The 58-year-old male bus driver and his passengers were not injured.

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