78-year-old dies in one-car crash on residential street

Traffic officers have said they are searching for answers for the family of an elderly man after he died in a one-car collision.

By Fiona Thompson
Thursday, 10th December 2020, 10:45 am

Shortly before 2.30pm yesterday, Wednesday, December 9, officers from Northumbria Police were called to Lower Barresdale in Alnwick following a report of a one-vehicle collision in the residential street.

Officers attended and found a silver Vauxhall Corsa had collided with two parked cars on the street.

They were joined by a double-crewed ambulance and a clinical car manager from the North East Air Ambulance and the Great North Air Ambulance’s helicopter.

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The collision happened in Lower Barresdale in Alnwick. Image copyright Google Maps.

Sadly, the driver of the Corsa – a 78-year-old man – was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The man’s next of kin have been informed and are being offered support by specially-trained family liaison officers at this time.

An investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the collision, but at this early stage, no other vehicles are believed to have been involved.

It is hoped people who witnessed the man’s car in the time before the tragedy will be able to help the force as it looks into the circumstances of the incident.

Sergeant Dave Roberts, of Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols Department, is now appealing for anybody who was travelling through Alnwick yesterday afternoon and saw a silver Corsa to get in touch.

“Any death on our road is a tragedy but it is particularly poignant given this time of year as we approach the festive period,” Sgt Roberts said.

“We want to get answers for the man’s family and are committed to determining the events that immediately preceded the collision.

“If you were travelling through Alnwick yesterday, please check any dashcam footage and let us know if you saw a silver Vauxhall Corsa in the area.

"We’re asking anybody who might have any information that may assist our enquiries to come forward.

“Your information, no matter how small or insignificant you feel it may be, could prove the key to ensuring we get answers for the family, as they attempt to come to terms with this terrible loss.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the Tell Us Something page of the force’s website or by calling 101 quoting log 555 091220.

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