Hunt for car after 85-year-old left in critical condition after Gateshead hit and run

An 85-year-old man has been left in critical condition

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Officers investigating a suspected hit and run that has left an 85-year-old in a critical condition have released a description of the vehicle believed to be involved.

The incident took place at 7:30 pm on Friday when the ambulance service attended the scene of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian in Woodburn, Gateshead.

The ambulance service then notified the police about the suspected hit and run.

It is believed an 85-year-old man had been crossing the road when he was struck by a car which then left the area.

The man was taken to hospital with serious injuries and remains in a critical condition.

Officers have been carrying out a number of enquiries to trace the driver and issued an appeal for information shortly after the incident.

As part of that ongoing investigation, this weekend they have issued a further appeal and a description of the vehicle in the hopes of encouraging more people to come forward.

The car was last seen driving on this road (Image: Google Streetview)The car was last seen driving on this road (Image: Google Streetview)
The car was last seen driving on this road (Image: Google Streetview)

The car involved is believed to be a silver or grey Mercedes and was last seen travelling on Staneway, Gateshead, heading towards Wealcroft.

Investigating officer Sergeant Michael Parnaby from Northumbria Police said he hoped the new information would help progress the ongoing investigation.

“This incident has left an elderly man in a critical condition and it is imperative we find out exactly what happened,” he said.

“I would like to thank everyone who has come forward and offered their assistance to the investigation so far, but our enquiries to trace the driver remain ongoing which is why we have released further details today.

“We believe the car in question was a silver or grey Mercedes, which left Woodburn after the incident, and was last seen on Staneway. We’re asking anyone who was in the area, or anyone who thinks they may know the driver, or saw a similar vehicle in the local area, to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”