...and two men in a van 'steal' his bicycle...

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.