Police bail driver after schoolboy suffered serious head injuries in smash

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A MAN has been released on police bail after a crash in which a 11-year-old boy suffered serious head injuries.

As reported in the Echo yesterday, the schoolboy was riding his bike in Elemore Lane, just off Easington Lane High Street, at about 10am on Monday when he was hit by a van.

Witnesses said they saw the boy lying stricken in the road with his bike several yards away, after the incident.

Paramedics and a doctor from the Great North Air Ambulance treated him in Elemore Lane, before flying him to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where he is still receiving treatment.

The boy, who has not yet been named, remains in a serious but stable condition.

His family are thought to be at his bedside as he battles to recover.

Elemore Lane, which leads to Hetton-le-Hill Community Golf Club was closed for more than four hours after the crash as Northumbria Police carried out investigations at the scene.

The busy street re-opened to traffic later that afternoon.

Police confirmed today that a 49-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of careless driving, has now been bailed pending further inquiries into the incident.