Scooter smash: Man arrested over dangerous driving and under the influence claims as Hartlepool pensioner fights for his life

The scene of the rta on Saturday at the junction of Brenda Road and Belle Vue Way.
The scene of the rta on Saturday at the junction of Brenda Road and Belle Vue Way.
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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.

One of the roads that was closed following the rta.

One of the roads that was closed following the rta.

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.

The scene of the rta on Saturday at the junction of Brenda Road and Belle Vue Way.

The scene of the rta on Saturday at the junction of Brenda Road and Belle Vue Way.

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.

A police Collision Investigation vehicle at the scene of the rta.

A police Collision Investigation vehicle at the scene of the rta.

“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.

The scene of the rta on Saturday at the junction of Brenda Road and Belle Vue Way.

The scene of the rta on Saturday at the junction of Brenda Road and Belle Vue Way.

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.”

A car that was involved in the the rta on Saturday at the junction of Brenda Road and Belle Vue Way.

A car that was involved in the the rta on Saturday at the junction of Brenda Road and Belle Vue Way.

The scene of the rta on Saturday at the junction of Brenda Road and Belle Vue Way.

The scene of the rta on Saturday at the junction of Brenda Road and Belle Vue Way.

The scene of the rta on Saturday at the junction of Brenda Road and Belle Vue Way.

The scene of the rta on Saturday at the junction of Brenda Road and Belle Vue Way.