Police renew appeal for witnesses after elderly couple left injured in South Tyneside

The couple were left injured on Wenlock Road.
The couple were left injured on Wenlock Road.

Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses a week after an elderly couple were injured on a pedestrian crossing in South Tyneside.

The incident happened last Friday at 9.30am on Wenlock Road, when a man and woman, both aged 85, were found with injuries lying to the side of the road.

They had been crossing the road arm-in-arm at a pedestrian crossing, closest to the junction with Fenwick Avenue, and the reasons for their injuries have not yet been established.

Witnesses say they saw a medium-sized white van with red writing on the sides and back doors, passing close to the scene at the same time. This included either a red triangle, or inverted V design on it.

The two pedestrians, a married couple, were injured. A passing motorist called the emergency services, and they were both taken to hospital.

The man remains in the RVI, in Newcastle with a serious head injury, and his condition is described as critical but stable.

The woman was taken to South Tyneside General Hospital and released following treatment, while the road was closed for about two hours while the incident was dealt with.

Sergeant Lee Butler, Motor Patrols, said: “We’re continuing to appeal for help to trace witnesses to this incident.

“We particularly want to trace the driver of the white van which passed close by when the couple were injured.

“Officers also want to speak to anyone else who was driving a van with a similar description who was in this area at the relevant time.

“We’re also asking if you know of anyone who usually drives a white van, which matches this description, who may not now be using the van since the incident a week ago.”

Police are appealing for the driver of the van to contact them.

Officers also want to hear from any witnesses, and anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed the incident is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, quoting log number 318 11/12/15.