Second car involved in fatal crash

Fatal Coast Road crash near the slip road for Formica.
Fatal Coast Road crash near the slip road for Formica.

POLICE investigating a horror crash on the Coast Road which claimed the life of a driver believe a second vehicle was involved.

Mark Kenneth Flynn, 38, from Blyth, was pronounced dead at the scene following the accident on the A1058 near North Shields last Tuesday.

Emergency services were called to the Coast Road just before 7.20pm following reports of a one vehicle crash involving a red Volkswagen Golf.

It happened in the eastbound carriageway at the Formica factory slip road at the junction with Norham Road.

Mr Flynn’s Golf had been travelling eastbound when, for reasons yet to be established, it left the road at the off slip, collided with a crash barrier and rolled over.

Several passing motorists and members of the public stopped to try and help Mr Flynn, but paramedics declared he had died at the scene.

Mr Flynn’s dog was also killed in the accident.

The road was closed for several hours for an investigation to take place, while the slip road was not re-opened until the following day after repair work on the crash barriers.

However, a police investigation has led officers to believe another vehicle was involved in the accident but did not stop at the scene.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who was travelling south on the A189 Spine Road, the A19 or the Silverlink interchange between 7pm and 7.15pm on November 27 and who saw a red VW Golf with another vehicle.

A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released on police bail.

Anyone with any information on the crash is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.