Woman arrested after pedestrian is injured in suspected Sunderland hit-and-run

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A woman has been arrested after a pedestrian was injured in a suspected hit-and-run incident in Sunderland.

The 29-year-old male victim is believed to have been struck by a vehicle in Bramwell Road, Hendon, at about 1.05pm today.

The scene of a suspected hit-and-run in Bramwell Gardens, Hendon.

The scene of a suspected hit-and-run in Bramwell Gardens, Hendon.

Witnesses say a silver Citroen Xsara was involved, however, police have stated it is not yet clear whether his head injuries were caused by being struck by the vehicle or if he was assaulted.

Emergency services, including eight police cars, the force helicopter and paramedics rushed to the scene, and the victim was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where his condition is described as non-life threatening.

The road was cordoned off for about two hours while accident investigators carried out their enquiries.

A 24-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the incident and is in custody.

The scene of a suspected hit-and-run in Bramwell Gardens, Hendon.

The scene of a suspected hit-and-run in Bramwell Gardens, Hendon.

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, told the Echo they had heard a bang and went outside to find a man lying in the road.

The resident said cars often come around that corner at speed.

"It looked really serious," they said. "People were rushing to help.

"He looked in a pretty bad way. I was pretty shocked."

Another witness told the Echo he saw the car involved turn into Noble Street.

He said: "I think the person was looking for somewhere to dump the car.

"When i finished work about an hour later. I saw the car again, it had been abandoned at the bottom of Gray Road, a few doors up from the co-operative funeral home."

Northumbria Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

A spokesman said: "Officers are carrying out enquiries to establish how he came by his injuries.

"It is not yet clear if he has been struck by a vehicle or if he has been assaulted.

"There are reports of a silver-coloured Citroen type vehicle having been seen in the area at the time the incident.

"Officers want to speak to anyone with information about how the man sustained his injuries and anyone with information about the vehicle and its occupants."

Police are appealing for witnesses, anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, is asked to contact police.

Anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 551 of 04/03/17 or ring Crimestoppers anonymouslyon 0800 555 111.