A BIKE belonging to a Sunderland man who was killed while swapping details with a driver at the scene of an accident has been returned.
As reported in the Echo, Stan Coates, 55, was hit by a car while on his bicycle in Burdon Lane, near Doxford Park, at about 4.45pm on Friday.
While the West Herrington resident stopped to swap insurance details with the car driver, a second car hit them.
Despite being airlifted by the Great North Air Ambulance to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough injuries to Mr Coates’ back and pelvis were too severe to save him and he was pronounced dead.
Detectives said that two men had offered to take Mr Coates’ bicycle home for him, but his family reported that it had not been returned.
But Northumbria Police confirmed today that the bike has been returned after initially being taken in good faith.
The 24-year-old driver of the first car which collided with Mr Coates was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
No arrests have yet been made in connection with the accident.
Both cars involved were Vauxhall Corsas.
Officers are still appealing for witnesses to the incident which lead to Mr Coates’ death to contact them on the non-emergency 101 line.
They specifically want to find out more about a dark grey Transit-type van, which pulled up at the scene and offered help.