Inquest opened after road accident

AN inquest has been opened into the death of a college teacher who was killed when he was hit by a car the week before Christmas.

James Gibson, 28, suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a blue Jaguar in Grange Road, in Hartlepool, at around 5.30pm on Wednesday, December 19.

A 58-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after the crash and was released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Hartlepool coroner Malcolm Donnelly opened an inquest into the death of the Hartlepool Sixth Form College teacher yesterday.

The inquest was immediately adjourned while police carry out further investigations.

He told Mr Gibson’s mum, Linda: “In cases like this the coroner lets police conclude their investigations.”

Mr Gibson, who was from Jarrow, South Tyneside, was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, after the incident last month but died shortly after his arrival at the hospital.

His family issued the statement after his death saying the tragic news had left them “devastated”.

His colleagues at Hartlepool Sixth Form College offered their deepest sympathy to the family in a statement, which read: “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.”

Police are still appealing for information from any witnesses of the incident.

Anyone with any information should contact Sergeant Harry Simpson, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, on the non-emergency 101 number, quoting reference number 226563.

A date has yet to be set for the full inquest.