Hebburn bike-crash boy ‘improving’

RTA Finchale Road. Air ambulance for youngster on push bike
RTA Finchale Road. Air ambulance for youngster on push bike

A SCHOOLBOY from South Tyneside who was seriously injured after his bicycle hit a car is “improving”, police have said.

The 13-year-old was knocked off his bike in Finchale Road, Hebburn, at 2.20pm on Friday afternoon.

The boy, thought to be a pupil at nearby St Joseph’s RC Comprehensive, was left with a broken leg and head injuries.

Paramedics and police were scrambled to the scene and he was taken to the yard of St James RC Primary School, where the Great North Air Ambulance airlifted him to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) for treatment.

He was still in the RVI last night, where a Northumbria Police spokesman said he “remains in a stable condition and is now improving”.

The driver of the car was not arrested and is not thought to have committed any driving offences.

However, police are still looking for witnesses to the crash and would like to hear from the driver and any passengers of a small silver car thought to have been at the junction at the time of the crash, who they believe might have vital information.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 ext 69191.

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