A MAN has been arrested after an elderly woman was seriously injured when her mobility scooter was involved in a collision with a van.
The woman, believed to be in her 70s, was riding her scooter in Roker Baths Road, Roker, when the incident happened.
She was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital, where she is being treated for her injuries, which are believed to be serious, but not life-threatening.
Police cordoned off the road outside the New Derby pub for several hours while investigations took place after the incident, which happened just before 3.15pm yesterday.
Officers are appealing for anyone who witnesses the collision to get in touch.
One woman in her 40s, who lives near the scene, said: “It’s horrible. I was just out walking the dog when I saw all the police cars.
“I nearly cried when I saw the scooter at the side of the road. I just hope she’s OK.”
A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and has now been bailed.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “At 3.14pm, police received a report of a collision in Roker Baths Road involving a van and a mobility scooter being ridden by an elderly woman.
“She is believed to have suffered serious injuries, which are not thought to be life threatening at this time.
“Roker Baths Road was closed and diversions put in place.”
Any witnesses to the incident are being asked to contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 and ask for Pc Mark Heaviside.