Teenage cyclist killed in Corbridge road crash
A SCHOOLBOY was killed when he was hit by a car while riding his bike.
The 13-year-old was pronounced dead at hospital following the smash on the A68, near Corbridge, Northumberland, on Saturday.
The teen is thought to have ridden on to a section of the road known as Stagshaw Bank from the junction with Sandhoe village when he was hit by a Citroen C3 at just after 4.05pm, on Saturday.
He was taken to Newcastle General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police are now appealing for witnesses to the accident.
And people living near the tragic spot have told how the road has claimed many lives over recent years.
Neville Davison, 78, of Fairhill Cottage, said he drove past the scene just after the accident.
"It must have just happened when we drove past. It looked very bad," he said.
"The car windscreen was broken and there were two push bikes on the road going to Sandhoe, so we thought there must have been a child involved. It is such a shame. It’s just very tragic.
"There was a lad killed here about 10 years ago, at the bottom of the drive. His dad left some flowers here about three weeks ago, on the anniversary of the accident.
"It’s just such a bad road. They fly up it doing 60-70mph and think they can see over the dips."
Several signs aiming to deter motorists from speeding have been erected on the bank. One informs drivers that there have been 75 accidents in three years.
Others warn drivers that unmarked police cars are operating in the area and make them aware of the sudden bends and sharp crests as they travel towards the Stagshaw roundabout.
Nick Shotton, 35, owner of the Errington Arms pub and restaurant, based at the top of the bank, close to the roundabout, was at work when the accident happened.
He said: "The first we knew of it was when we saw the police blocking the road off at about 4.15pm.
"I spoke to an officer and he told us that there had been an accident and that the road would be closed for about two hours.
"We know just from living here how bad the road is. It’s extremely sad, but it’s no shock when there is an accident here anymore."
Corbridge Parish Councillor Karen Blackburn said: "It’s very, very tragic, and distressing."
Witnesses are asked to contact PC 8473 Eaketts at Northumbria Police motor patrols in Hexham, on 0345 604 3043, ext 61474.