Praise given to emergency services helping suspected South Shields hit-and-run victim

Emergency services on the scene in Boldon Lane, South Shields, following an incident on Monday.
Emergency services on the scene in Boldon Lane, South Shields, following an incident on Monday.

A Good Samaritan has thanked emergency services for helping a suspected hit-and-run victim.

Lisa Shilling was shopping in Boldon Lane, South Shields, on Monday, when she heard a woman’s cry sound outside.

The 40-year-old dashed out of the shop, where she was buying cards, and found a 64-year-old woman lying on the ground.

Lisa from Lawe Top, South Shields, said: “I just dashed straight out, along with the lady in the florists.

“I heard this awful sound, it was like a dog crying, it just wasn’t right.

“When I found the woman on the ground, she was quite talkative and explaining what had happened to her.

“But the weather had turned to a light drizzle, so I took my jumper off so she could lie on it and others were donating coats to keep her dry.”

The car involved in the accident is understood to have been a small silver Citroen.

It was driven away from the scene.

Police say the woman suffered non-life threatening injuries and was later discharged from South Tyneside District Hospital.

Lisa said: “We were very grateful the emergency services arrived so fast.

“It’s such a relief the lady wasn’t too badly injured, I heard she only had to spend one night in hospital so that’s brilliant news.”

Officers have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with the incident.

In a statement Northumbria Police said: “A 20-year-old man was arrested in connection with a hit and run which happened in South Shields on Monday, July, 9. “He has since been released under investigation.

“Inquiries are ongoing and anyone who witnessed the collision, or has any information, is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 456 09/07/18.”