A man who died after being found seriously injured in a quiet lane has been named.
Bryan Jeffrey Knox, 32, was discovered with fatal injuries in the road leading to Usworth Hall in the Stephenson area of Washington, at around 10.50am on Sunday.
Mr Knox, who was from the Barmston area of the town, was flown to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary by the Great North Air Ambulance but sadly died later that day.
Gary Thomas Mawson, 36, of Washington, has tonight been charged with murder. He is due to appear before Sunderland Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.
As a post-mortem examination revealed Mr Knox died of pressure to the neck, a neighbour who came across the scene has told of her shock. The woman, who did not wish to be named, said: “I was just heading out when I saw it and stopped.
“I called the ambulance – he was breathing really badly. They asked a lot of questions, he was grunting really heavy.
“I was screaming down the phone and they said the ambulance was coming.”
She added: “I heard sirens so I went to the top of the road to flag it down. It is a tragedy.”
Emergency services arrived on the scene, closing off the only entrance to the small estate as the ambulance and air ambulance worked to get Bryan to hospital.
The first ambulance was called at 10.47am and arrived 11 minutes later at 10.58am.
The air ambulance were called at 11.03am and Bryan was flown to the RVI.
One resident said: “It’s a tragedy and very shocking, it’s normally very quiet around here.
“The lad wasn’t from round here.”
Another neighbour on the small estate of 18 houses, added: “It’s very upsetting. We were all out in the street because we were almost locked in the estate because the emergency services were blocking off the lane in. It’s very sad.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following the death.
DI Andy Fairlamb said: “We’re appealing for anyone who was in the area, anyone driving or walking past from about 10.30am onwards, who saw what happened, or anyone who has information about the incident to get in touch as soon as possible.”
Northumbria Police Chief Superintendent Gordon Milward said: “I’d like to reassure people that a man has been arrested and it’s believed the two men are known to each other. An investigation is underway and I’d urge anyone with information to contact police.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 488 08/06/14.