Biker killed in Easington Lane road incident named as Sunderland man - police confirm arrest made during investigation

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
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A man killed in a road incident has been named by police.

Graeme Berry, 37, from Sunderland, died after the collision involving a silver Yamaha motorbike in the South Hetton Road area of Easington Lane.

Northumbria Police said officers were called at around 8.10pm on Friday, April 19, to a report that a motorbike was travelling along South Hetton Road when – for reasons yet to be established – it collided with a pedestrian island.

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South Hetton Road.
Photograph: GoogleSouth Hetton Road.
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South Hetton Road. Photograph: Google

Emergency services attended the scene and, despite the efforts of paramedics, Graeme was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

The force said Graeme’s next of kin have been informed and continue to be supported by specialist officers.

Police have also confirmed the rider of a second vehicle, a man in his 40s, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving as part of investigations.

He has since been released on police bail.

Sergeant John Sanderson from Northumbria Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “As ever, our thoughts remain with Graeme’s family who have had to come to terms with the tragic loss of their loved one.

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“We will continue to conduct a thorough investigation and find answers for the questions they will undoubtedly have.

“As part of that investigation, we’re looking for the public’s help to establish what happened in the moments leading up to the collision.

“We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have any CCTV or dashcam footage of South Hetton Road around 8pm that evening, or from anyone who was in the area at the time.

“Any information you can provide could help us – no matter how small.” Anyone with information can contact Northumbria Police via the ‘Report’ page on their website or by calling 101 and quoting reference number NP-20240419-1040.

A Coroner’s inquest into Graeme’s death is also due to open tomorrow (May 1) at 10am.

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