OFFICERS are appealing for witnesses after a pensioner, sadly, died in a road traffic collision.

At 8.30am on Saturday, police received a report a white Suzuki had been travelling west on Fountain Head Bank, Seaton Sluice, towards The Avenue A190, when for reasons yet to be established, it veered off the road and collided with a wall.

Police and emergency services attended the scene and the driver of the car, a 79-year-old man, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries but has, sadly, passed away.

His family are currently being supported by specialist officers.

An investigation has since been launched and officers are now appealing for any witnesses to the collision, or anyone with dashcam to come forward.

Sergeant Ray Lowery, of Northumbria Police’s motor patrols, said: “This is an extremely sad incident in which a man has lost his life. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time.

“Our investigation is ongoing and we have already spoken to number of witnesses in connection with this incident, but would encourage anyone who hasn’t come forward to get in touch as soon as possible. We’d also welcome any dashcam footage to help us build up a clear picture of the moment leading up to this collision.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 101 or by using the 'Tell us Something' page on their website quoting log 237 03/04/21.