Fatal crash police appeal

The scene of the crash

The scene of the crash

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POLICE investigating a horror motorbike smash that claimed the life of a pensioner want to speak to the driver of a third car.

A 71-year-old man died after his Suzuki motorbike collided with a non-UK registered Peugeot 807 car on the busy southbound carriageway of the A19, near the Elwick junction, on the outskirts of Hartlepool.

The driver of that car, a 48-year-old foreign national, was arrested on suspicious of causing death by dangerous driving and remains on bail.

Police are now wanting to hear from the driver or the passengers of a small or medium-sized, dark-coloured hatchback that was travelling along the same stretch of carriageway around the time of the fatal crash, which happened at 7.55pm on Thursday, July 21.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “The vehicle was seen in lane one at the time of a fatal collision in which a 71-year-old man from the Sunderland area died. Police would like to speak to the driver or occupants of the vehicle.

“A 48-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving remains on bail pending further inquiries.”

The incident was the fifth fatality on the stretch of road in three years.

Mum Margaret Clay, 42, died when her Vauxhall Corsa car collided with a stationary lorry in a lay-by on the A19, near Hartlepool.

Mrs Clay, of South Hetton, was declared dead at the scene of the smash in June.

The collision happened on the northbound carriageway, around half-a-mile south of Ron Perry’s Services.

Hilary Thompson, Hartlepool Borough councillor for Elwick, has called for something to be done to combat further incidents at the junction on the outskirts of the village.

She wants a consultation set up quickly so the options available can be discussed.

Police are also still investigating a crash that saw a suspected banned driver hit a tree after allegedly refusing to stop for officers in the early hours of yesterday.

The 25-year-old man was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, after the smash in Throston Grange Lane, near to the junction with St David’s Walk.

Officers say thay had tried to pull over the blue Hyundai Coupe but the driver is said to have “made off”.

He was not pursued but crashed shortly after into a lamppost and tree at around 1.20am.

The driver complained of back pain so firefighters had to cut him free so he could be placed on a spinal board and put in a waiting ambulance.

Police were expected to quiz him about the incident yesterday.

Anyone who may have witnessed the Throston Grange smash is asked to contact PC Mark Cubitt on (01642) 326326, quoting event number U148646.

The driver or occupants of the third vehicle at the scene of the Elwick crash are asked to contact PC Alexander Nisbet on the same number but quoting event number U131612.