Crashes claim lives of Sunderland bikers

Police officers at the scene of a fatal accident in Oxford Street, Pallion.
Police officers at the scene of a fatal accident in Oxford Street, Pallion.
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TWO motorcyclists have died after separate crashes in Sunderland.

A 22-year-old, named locally as Mickey Gordon (pictured), was killed in a collision in Oxford Street, Pallion.

Witnesses said his family watched in horror as the silver Yamaha motorbike he was riding crashed at the junction of Edwin Street yesterday.

Meanwhile, a 34-year-old motorcyclist has died in hospital after suffering serious injuries in a smash on the A1231 in Sunderland on Saturday.

Police are today appealing for witnesses to both incidents as they try to piece together what happened.

Yesterday’s crash in Pallion, which may have involved a VW Golf car, happened at about 8.50am.

Paramedics battled to save the biker’s life but he was pronounced dead.

A 57-year-old female car driver was treated for shock but was not seriously injured.

Some witnesses said the bike hit a lamppost.

The road was closed between Mortimer Road and Oxford Square while officers carried out investigations.

One Oxford Street resident said: “I could hear a bike go past then a couple of minutes later I heard it coming back.

“Then I heard this noise and as if the bike had lost control and then a bang.

“I looked out and saw the bike wrapped round the lamppost.

“All his family were running up the street and his mum was screaming and shouting “my son, my son” and praying he was alive. It was awful.”

A resident of Stratfield Street, said: “It’s such a shame and a sad waste of life. That’s someone’s bairn that is.

“It’s heart-breaking to even think about.”

Meanwhile, the motorcyclist involved in the crash on Wessington Way on Saturday died in hospital yesterday.

The local man, who has not been named, suffered serious head injuries and multiple fractures when his Yamaha R6 motorbike came off the westbound carriageway, at the roundabout between Colima Avenue and Castellian Road, and hit a traffic sign at about 4.20pm.

He was taken by air ambulance to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough where he has died.

Anyone with any information on either incident should contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.