THE death of a South Tyneside dad who was hit by a police car was an accident, a jury today ruled.
Vincent Gibson, 50, of Shaw Avenue, Biddick Hall, South Shields, died after he was hit by the car - which was responding to an emergency - as he crossed the road in Whiteleas Way, South Shields, on January 7, 2012.
The father-of-two died from multiple injuries injuries, and an eight-day inquest, led by South Tyneside coroner Terence Carney, has been held at Moot Hall in Newcastle.
Mr Gibson was pronounced dead at South Tyneside District Hospital, and his death was subject to an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), led by Durham Constabulary.
This afternoon, a jury of 10 people returned with a finding of accidental death.
* To read more on this breaking story, don’t miss tomorrow’s Gazette.