Sunderland pensioner and dog mown down in hit-and-run incident

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A PENSIONER is in hospital after a hit-and-run smash.

The collision happened at 8.20am on Monday, November 4, at Riverside Park, Sunderland near to the Hylton Sea Cadets premises.

A burgundy Rover 75 collided with a 65-year-old man who was walking his dogs.

The occupants of the vehicle, believed to be two men and two women, left the scene prior to police arrival.

The pedestrian was transferred to the RVI with serious injuries and his condition is described as stable.

One of his dogs, an 11-year-old golden retriever, has been taken to a local vet for treatment to serious injuries.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the incident and is helping police with enquiries.

Sgt Lynn McKevitt said: “This is a serious collision which occurred in an area popular with dog walkers. We are really keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have seen anyone leaving the car shortly afterwards. We would urge the people who were travelling in the car at the time to contact the police on 101 ext 69191.”