Elderly South Tyneside biker killed in crash
Police are trying to trace the family of a South Tyneside pensioner who died in a motorcycle accident.
Rod Byers, 70, from Jarrow, died on Sunday afternoon when his motorbike collided with a barrier on the A171 at Birk Brow, near Guisborourgh.
He was believed to be with a group of other riders, travelling from Whitby.
After going around a bend at 4.45pm, his blue and silver Suzuki hit the barrier and he suffered serious head injuries.
No other vehicles were involved and an air ambulance and a rapid response vehicle were called to the scene.
Mr Byers, who lived in Salcombe Avenue, died of his injuries in James Cook University Hospital.
A spokesman for Cleveland Police said: "Unfortunately, we have been unable to trace any next of kin."
The Teesside Coroner’s Office is appealing for any relatives of the elderly man to contact them on 01642 729350.