A POLICE car which knocked down and killed a South Tyneside dad was responding to an emergency call from a man threatening to end his own life, an inquest heard today.
Vincent Gibson, of Shaw Avenue, Biddick Hall, South Shields, was hit by the car in the town’s Whiteleas Way, on January 7, 2012.
The 50-year-old died from multiple injuries, and an inquest, led by South Tyneside coroner Terence Carney, is being held at the Moot Hall, Newcastle.
The tragedy is subject to an investigation by Durham Constabulary, overseen by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Today, the jury heard how one potential tragedy led to another.
Northumbria Police contact handler Jill Maddison-Taylor told the inquest a 999 call came from a man who was threatening to harm himself.”
Mrs Maddison-Taylor said the call was categorising the call as Grade One - which is given to any call that is a threat to someone’s life.
The hearing has already heard that the police car had been travelling at up to 66mph, on a road where the speed limit is 30mph.
* The inquest is continuing.
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