New appeal after road death

CRASH SCENE: Police at Grange Road in December
CRASH SCENE: Police at Grange Road in December

POLICE are appealing for a man to come forward who may have vital information to assist an investigation into a fatal collision.

Teacher James Gibson, 28, was killed on December 19 last year after he was hit by a blue Jaguar in Grange Road, Hartlepool, at around 5.35pm.

Investigators say witnesses at the scene have said that a man spoke to the driver following the collision but that police have yet to identify him.

Sgt Harry Simpson, of Cleveland Police, said: “We have had a good response from people coming forward with information.

“But I would like to speak with this man who may have engaged in conversation with the driver of the car.

“It may be that this man is from out of the area or that he doesn’t feel his information is relevant, but I would be keen to speak with him.

“I would also like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or was in the street immediately afterwards and hasn’t come forward.”

The driver of the Jaguar, a 58-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is on bail.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt Simpson on the non-emergency 101 number, quoting reference 226563.