‘Numb with disbelief’: Family’s heartbreaking tribute to 23-year-old killed in Gateshead collision

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Tributes have been paid to a ‘caring young man with everything to live for’

The family of a young driver who was killed in a Gateshead collision have paid a heartfelt tribute to the ‘caring young man with everything to live for’.

The tragic accident took place in the early hours of Saturday, May 7 as police received a report of an overturned vehicle on the Lobley Hill footbridge of the roundabout above the A1 shortly after 4 am.

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Officers and emergency services attended the scene and found the driver, Mark Hoult, trapped inside the vehicle.

The 23-year-old was freed from the car and taken to hospital where he later sadly died from his injuries.

Today, his family have paid tribute to the Burnopfield man and thanked those who tried to save his life.

They said: “We are truly heartbroken and numb with disbelief.

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"Mark was a loving and caring young man with everything to live for.

Mark Hoult lost his life in the collisionMark Hoult lost his life in the collision
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"He was always looking for that next challenge and exploring what the world had to offer.

“We would like to thank everyone for their love and continued support. We also extend our sincere thanks to the RVI and the emergency services.

“As a family we now respectfully ask that we are given the time and privacy to grieve and come to terms with the loss of Mark.”

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Following the collision, an investigation was launched to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

PC Marc Lennox, of Northumbria Police Motor Patrols, said: “Our thoughts remain with Mark’s family and friends as they attempt to come to terms with their devastating loss and we ask that their privacy is respected.

The incident happened around the Lobley Hill roundabout (Image: Google Street View)The incident happened around the Lobley Hill roundabout (Image: Google Street View)
The incident happened around the Lobley Hill roundabout (Image: Google Street View) | Google Streetview

“I want to thank those who have already come forward with information to help our investigation and encourage anyone yet to get in touch to contact officers.

“We are appealing to anyone who may have seen a white Renault Megane travelling around the time of the incident or has dashcam or CCTV of the surrounding area to contact us as we try to establish exactly what has happened.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of their website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20220507-0142.

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