UPDATE: Man arrested after taxi driver killed on A19

Latest news from Northumbria Police.
Latest news from Northumbria Police.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after this morning's fatal collision on the A19 in North Tyneside.

At 1.41am, police received a call from a taxi driver who had come across a car that had collided with the central reservation on the A19 near to the Killingworth turn-off. The taxi driver had stopped his car at the scene of the collision and got out to see if he could help anyone.

While out of his car and trying to help, another car passing the location of the collision hit the man. Officers and paramedics attended the scene and he was given urgent treatment at the roadside, however, he died from his injuries.

The driver of the car who collided with the man stopped at the scene and is helping officers with inquiries. He has not been arrested.

Another man, 24, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is currently in police custody.

Police have identified the deceased man, made contact with his family and are supporting them at this difficult time. They are not in a position to name him publicly at this stage and inquiries into the incident are ongoing.

Anyone with any information that could help police with their inquiries is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 140 16/07/16.

The incident has been referred to the IPCC because of the fact that the deceased spoke to the police in the minutes before his death; this is protocol in any incident resulting in serious injury or death following police contact.