AN elderly man is still fighting for his life after being hit by a car in South Shields.
Alan Lynn, 75, was hit by a Citroën Saxo car in Marsden Road, South Shields, on Sunday.
He was taken by ambulance to South Tyneside District Hospital, where he remains in intensive care.
Family members of Mr Lynn, of Prince Edward Road, South Shields, say he has still not regained consciousness, and they fear he will lose his life.
The 18-year-old driver of the car was arrested at the scene and has since been released on police bail.
A family member of Mr Lynn said: “He was apparently thrown into the air in the accident and fell onto the windscreen before being dragged underneath the car.
“He has broken ribs, his lungs are damaged, he hasn’t regained consciousness and is in intensive care.
“He’s on a breathing machine and he has 24-hour visiting. We think it is unlikely he will survive. He’s deteriorating every day.”
A police spokesman said they were called to the scene at 3.20pm on Sunday.
The driver was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
He was since been released on bail.
A spokesman for the North East Ambulance Service said they received a call at 3.17pm and arrived on scene one minute later, before taking Mr Lynn to hospital.
A spokesman for South Tyneside District Hospital last night said Mr Lynn’s condition remains critical.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.
AN alcoholic was arrested after swearing at police.
Officers were driving along Ocean Road in South Shields at 8.30pm on Friday when Steven Smith shouted towards their vehicle.
They drove towards the 30-year-old and saw he was drunk. The officers warned him about his language and behaviour but he continued to shout abuse and was arrested.
Smith, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He is an alcoholic and was very drunk when this happened.”
Magistrates gave him a six-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay a £15 victim surcharge.