A teenager has been detained by police in connection with a fatal crash which saw a car smash into a house.
A white Audi S3 ploughed into a terraced property on Chichester Road, South Shield around 4am on Friday.
The male driver was pronounced dead at the scene after police and paramedics attended.
A female passenger is fighting for her life in hospital and another a male passenger, who initially left the scene, was found in hospital with serious injuries.
Nobody inside the house was injured but significant damage was caused.
Officers have now confirmed an 18-year-old man has been brought into custody for interview in connection with the circumstances leading to the crash.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Officers have detained an 18-year-old man in connection with events prior to the collision.
“He is currently assisting us with our enquiries."
The driver's next of kin have been informed and a formal identification process is taking place.
Police cordoned off the road as an investigation into the collision is being conducted and it has now been removed.
Residents spoke of their shock at waking up to a loud bang and seeing blue flashing lights outside their homes.
One woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "I woke up to a huge bang and looked outside to see a car had crashed into a house further down the road."
One man, who lives close where the crash occurred, said: "I'm in shock. I can't believe it. It's so sad that someone has lost their life.
"It's scary when something like this happens so close to where you live. It could have been any of our homes."
A man who lives near the crash added: "I'm very sorry to hear what has happened. It's frightening to see first thing on a morning. There's so many police around. You just never know what's around the corner."
Officers are now calling for any witnesses or anyone who may have information, dashcam footage or CCTV of the incident to come forwards.
Inspector Phil Baker, of Northumbria Police, said: "This is very serious incident which has sadly resulted in the death of a man. A formal identification is now under way and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
"Inquiries are now being carried out to establish the circumstances surrounding the collision and the events that preceded it.
"If anybody saw what happened, or has CCTV from the area that could help our investigation, I would ask them to contact police as soon as possible. Even the smallest detail could be crucial to the investigation."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 85 24/01/20.