Renewed appeal after couple injured

18 Dec 2015 00:00 AM

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

It happened at 9.30am on Friday, December 11, on Wenlock Road. A man and woman both aged 85, were crossing the road arm in arm at a pedestrian crossing (closest to the junction with Fenwick Avenue) when for reasons yet to be established they were then found with injuries, lying to the side of the road.

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 with a serious head injury, his condition is described as critical but stable.  The woman was taken to South Tyneside General Hospital and released following treatment. The road was closed for approximately 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 to come forward, 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.