Pensioner dies after A179 crash on the outskirts of Hartlepool

The cars involved in the A179 RTA close to the Hart/A19 flyover
The cars involved in the A179 RTA close to the Hart/A19 flyover

A PENSIONER who was seriously hurt in a car crash has died in hospital from her injuries.

The 85-year-old woman, from Durham, was a passenger in a white Ford Ka which collided with a black Mitsubishi Warrior where the A179 and B1280 meet the A19, on the outskirts of Hartlepool.

A Durham Constabulary spokesman said: “The Ford was heading west out of Hartlepool with the Mitsubishi heading in the other direction, and the crash happened as the Ford looked to turn right onto the A19 and collided head-on with the other

vehicle.”

The collision happened shortly before 8pm on Monday.

Police say the driver of the Ford Ka, an 84-year-old man from Spennymoor, suffered whiplash injuries and bruising, as did the 43-year-old female driver of the Warrior and her 15-year-old son, who was the front seat passenger.

The police spokesman added:”However, the 85-year-old woman who was the front seat passenger in the Ford Ka suffered serious injuries and shortly before 6am today (Tuesday) she was pronounced dead at the James Cook University

Hospital in Middlesbrough. Police hope to formally identify her later today.”

Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact the collision investigation unit on (0191) 375 2159.