AN elderly man is fighting for his life after he was knocked over by a vehicle moments after leaving a Sunderland social club.
The 75-year-old, named locally as Tommy Wilson, suffered serious injuries when he was struck as he crossed South Hylton Bank, after leaving Pennywell Comrades’ Club, late on Sunday night.
Emergency services were called to the scene at 11.18pm, and Mr Wilson, who was making his way home, was taken by ambulance to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where he remains in a critical condition.
Thomas, a grandfather, is a member of the club, and friends and fellow club members said the accident was a “huge shock”.
One man, who didn’t want to be named, described him as a gentleman.
“He left just after 11pm, then the steward walked in and said Tommy had been knocked down outside, and it was really bad,” he said.
“It is a big shock. By the time we got out, the ambulance was there, and the amount of police was unbelievable.
“I’ve known him a long time. He’s a really nice bloke.
“He just comes in for a couple of pints and a game of bingo. Everyone knows him.
“We are trying to keep well informed, but don’t know what’s really going on.”
He added: “There’s quite a lot of accidents happened on that road over the last few years.
“It is dangerous.”
South Hylton Bank was closed for three hours as officers investigated the scene, and diversions were put in place.
Club barmaid Barbara Loughlin said not much is known about how the accident happened. “I went into work the next morning and heard that it was Tommy who had been knocked over,” she said. “We know he is poorly in hospital, but don’t know much else apart from that.
“It’s not nice when that happens to one of your regulars, and he was on his way home.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting log number 1046 of 05/01/14.