A pensioner is fighting for his life after a horror smash which has left him with serious head injuries.
A 30-year-old Hartlepool man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury through dangerous driving and driving while under the influence of drink or drugs following Saturday’s collision on the A689 Belle Vue Way just before noon.
The 67-year-old man’s mobility scooter was sliced in half by the impact of the crash with a black Honda Civic, leaving a trail of debris scattered across the road.
The pensioner was taken by ambulance to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, where his condition has been described as “critical but stable.”
In addition to serious head injuries, he is also being treated for broken bones.
Police say the driver has been bailed pending further inquiries as members of the Durham and Cleveland Specialist Operations Unit piece together what happened in the time before the crash and the cause of the collision.
A spokesman for Cleveland Police said: “If anybody in the area who witnessed either of the vehicles in the period leading up to the incident or the collision itself, we would appreciate if they could get in touch by calling 101 or Crimestoppers.”
The road near to the Stag and Monkey pub was shut until 4.50pm as investigations were launched and the scene was cleared, with crutches
The closure left traffic to build up on the southbound route between Burn Road junction and Oxford Street.
One witness told the Mail: “It is somebody on a mobility scooter, who has been badly injured.
“The scooter is a write-off. It’s smashed to smithereens.
“I don’t know whether it’s been a crash with a car or not, I can’t see. It is an elderly man.
“All roads have been closed until further notice and all vehicles and buses have been rerouted.
“There are scores of police there.
He said the road had been closed from Burn Road towards Belle Vue.
The roundabout was closed too, he said.
People have left comments about the incident on social media.
“I’ve just seen it. I hope the poor man is okay,” one said. Another said: “My husband said it looked bad – police everywhere.”
A facebook user wrote: “There’s been a crash, I think, and there’s police all over” and another added: “I watched this happen. It looked nasty, poor bloke. Hope he’s okay.”