At 4.50pm on Monday, August 24, emergency services were called to reports that a child had been hit by a Ford Transit van in Willow Avenue, Fenham.
A five year old boy was taken to hospital but has sadly died, Northumbria Police has confirmed this morning (August 25).
A 38-year-old man remains in custody after being arrested in connection with the incident.
Officers say the boy’s family are currently being support by specialist officers.
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The white Ford Transit van was towing a trailer with a digger on it at the time of the collision.
Sergeant Raymond Lowery, of Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols Department, said: “This collision has devastatingly resulted in the death of a five-year-old child.
“Our thoughts are with the young boy’s family at this incredibly difficult time and they will continue to be supported by our specialist officers.
“This is clearly a tragic time for them and I would ask that their privacy be respected.”
Detectives are now appealing for any witnesses to the collision or anyone who may have dashcam footage of the area to get with police.
Sergeant Lowery added: “An investigation has been launched and we are committed to establishing the circumstances surrounding this incident.
“I am now appealing to any road users who were travelling in the area around that time to come forward with any information or dashcam footage
“From CCTV, we understand a taxi was in the area at the time and the driver may have seen the van prior to the collision so we are particularly keen for them to get in touch.
“Also any witnesses from nearby homes or businesses, or those passing on foot, are urged to come forward.
“It may prove crucial in allowing us to determine the circumstances surrounding the collision.”Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference 748 240820 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on the Tell Us Something page of Northumbria Police’s website.