Tributes paid to road death teacher

Police at the scene of the collision in Grange Road, Hartlepool. Picture by FRANK REID

Police at the scene of the collision in Grange Road, Hartlepool. Picture by FRANK REID

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POLICE have named the pedestrian who died following a collision with a car.

James Gibson, 28, was rushed to hospital after the incident involving a blue Jaguar in Grange Road, Hartlepool, at around 5.30pm on Wednesday.

But the Hartlepool Sixth Form College teacher died shortly after his arrival at Stockton’s University Hospital of North Tees.

James’s college colleagues paid tribute to him in a statement, saying: “The college received the news of James’s tragic death with great sadness and a profound sense of shock.

“He was a fit and active young man, very popular both with students and staff for his qualities as a teacher and his sense of fun.

“James was an excellent teacher with a promising career ahead of him.

“Our thoughts are with his family, to whom we offer our deepest sympathy, and with our staff and students who are heartbroken at the news.

“The college is working to ensure that appropriate support is in place for staff and students after the Christmas holiday.”

James was from Tyneside and his family have issued their own statement, saying: “The family of James are devastated at the tragic news of his death.

“They do not wish to comment further at this time and request that they are allowed to grieve in peace.”

Grange Road was closed in both directions for nearly three hours following the collision.

A 58-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Police are continuing to appeal for information from members of the public and Sergeant Harry Simpson, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Obviously our thoughts are with James’s family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.

“We are continuing to appeal for witnesses and have had a good response from the public so far.

“However we would appeal for anyone who was in the area at the time and who has not yet spoken to us to come forward.

“You could have vital information that could help this inquiry.”

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

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