Family praise Bike Samaritan

Darren Mitchell, of Finchale Court, West Rainton, who went to the aid of the cyclist that was killed on Burdon Lane, last week.
Darren Mitchell, of Finchale Court, West Rainton, who went to the aid of the cyclist that was killed on Burdon Lane, last week.
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THE family of a cyclist who died in a collision in Sunderland have expressed their thanks after the bike was returned.

Stan Coates, 55 of West Herrington, died when he was involved in a collision in Burdon Lane on Friday, October 26.

Police had previously asked for Mr Coates’ bike to be handed into police after it was taken away from the site of the crash.

As revealed in the Echo, property manager Darren Mitchell took the bike with good intention after he stopped to help the injured cyclist at the side of the road.

He offered to drop Mr Coates’s bike off at his home in West Herrington and gave him his mobile number.

But the rider never got in touch and Mr Mitchell was shocked to find out the next day that he had been killed. Officers investigating the collision and Mr Coates’ family have now expressed their gratitude to Mr Mitchell, 38, originally from Ryhope.

Pc Steven McIntosh, said: “The bike had been taken from the scene by the driver of a van who had witnessed the collision to help Mr Coates and had been taken with good intentions.

“Mr Coates’ family have expressed their gratitude that the bike has now been returned and are grateful to the van driver for his help.

“Our inquiries are ongoing into the incident and we’d like to thank all those who have contributed so far and would urge anyone else who witnessed the collision or has any information to contact us.”

Mr Coates was initially hit by one vehicle and was hit by another as he swapped insurance details with the driver. He was flown to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, where he was pronounced dead.