Police name man who died in Sunderland street fall

FALL SCENE: D'Arcy Court in Hendon.
FALL SCENE: D'Arcy Court in Hendon.
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A MAN who died after falling in a Sunderland street has been named.

John Sloanes, 54, was left fighting for his life after suffering a head injury in the fall outside D’Arcy Court, in Hendon, on Monday, December 15.

He was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary in a critical condition, but died on the Saturday.

A report is being prepared for Newcastle’s coroner.

Police have said they do not believe the fall to be suspicious, but have appealed for witnesses to what happened to get in touch.

Officers say Mr Sloanes, who lived in Sunderland, had been dropped off outside D’Arcy Court at 5.35pm.

They were called to the scene alongside paramedics and offered him treatment in the street, before he was moved into the lobby of the flats and then taken to hospital.

Kevin Metters, 50, of KM Recovery, who works opposite the block of flats, and his son, also called Kevin, 24, were among those who went to his rescue after they spotted him lying in Chaytor Grove.

They were told the man had been to a nearby pub before he was dropped off, but may have been affected by a change in medication.

They said he was conscious and able to talk, and were told by the ambulance service ahead of the arrival of the paramedics not to move him.

Among those the police appealed to get in touch were the driver of a small dark car and a white car, which are believed to have driven past the spot at the time of the incident.

Anyone with details is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, ext 69191, quoting reference number 942 15/12/14 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.