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A man who was exchanging insurance details with a driver after a collision was hit by a second driver - and later died in hospital from his injuries.

Stan Coates, 55, was riding near his home in Sunderland on Friday afternoon when he was involved in a collison with a car driven by a 24-year-old, who suffered minor injuries.

While Mr Coates was exchanging details with the first driver, he was hit by another. Both cars were Vauxhall Corsas.

According to the BBC, officers questioned the drivers, but no arrests were made.

Mr Coates was taken by Great North Air Ambulance to hospital in Middlesborough, but died later on.

Meanwhile, two men who claimed to know Mr Coates picked up his bike from the roadside - but have since gone missing with the bicycle.

The two men, in a grey Transit van, "looked as if they had just finished work", according to police, who are seeking witnesses.

 

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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ratherbeintobago [29 posts] 3 years ago
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Hang on - "A man who was exchanging insurance details with a driver after a collision was hit by a second driver - and later died in hospital from his injuries." and no arrests were made? The second driver has to be facing charges of driving without due care and attention at the very least, or have the law completely given up on traffic policing?

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robert.brady [155 posts] 3 years ago
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This story is doing the rounds now and I still have no idea exactly what has happened. Judging by the reports of the incident, no journalist has the full account of events, either.

Rob

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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Only a wee while behind my forum post  3 3

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OldRidgeback [2589 posts] 3 years ago
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It'll be in the Daily Hate tomorrow and the drivers will be exonerated as the cyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the fatal impact and had not paid road tax.

My sympathies are with the family of the victim.

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fatbeggaronabike [803 posts] 3 years ago
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Could you guys stick your journo hats on and get more details on this please because like Ratherbeintobago I can't believe there isn't at the very least a charge of undue care and attention.

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quango2008 [34 posts] 3 years ago
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charge the chavs..

find the guys in the van and put a bullet in their brains!! Bloody disgusting!

the accident itself..as sad as it is, was an accident...the theft was intentional. What sort of person does that!

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cidermart [488 posts] 3 years ago
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This beggars belief!  14 There is something very very wrong with some people in this country. I do hope this incident is not swept under the carpet as so many seem to be. These people need to be found, named and shamed.

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Lacticlegs [124 posts] 3 years ago
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Did someone in the government declare 'open season' on cyclists and just not tell us?

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davidtcycle [62 posts] 3 years ago
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As far as the Police and the courts are concerned it's been open season on cyclists for years

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spen [127 posts] 3 years ago
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The police still have the option of arrest and charge at a later date, let's hope that that's what's happening as the accident occurred on a a stretch of road that's straight section of road and a stationary car should have been clearly visible. How the original incident happened is a mystery, possibly a "sun in the eyes" defence as the sky was largely clear around the time of the incident  2

The incident happened along this section of the road http://goo.gl/maps/pUkBN, by the markings on the road it was near the sign for Burdon further up the hill

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spen [127 posts] 3 years ago
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The bike has been returned (http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/crime/latest-news-killed-cyclist-s-bi...). I notice the report says no arrests have been made yet