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3 May 2015, 07:28 | Updated: 3 May 2015, 09:28
A 72 year old man has been seriously injured in a hit and run in Peterlee.
It happened last night (Saturday 2nd of May) at around 11:30pm when a Peugeot lost control while negotiating traffic calming measures on Blackhills Road.
The car crossed the carriageway, smashed through railings and into the front of a shop, hitting the pedestrian.
Officers from Durham Police are now trying to track down the driver, who sped from the scene and then abandoned his vehicle nearby.
The victim, a pensioner who lived locally, received leg and head injuries in the smash and was transported to James Cook University Hospital for treatment.
Any witnesses should call Durham Constabulary on 0191 3752159.