Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Couple Rushed to Save Man Struck by Police Car, but 50-Year-Old Died

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Couple Rushed to Save Man Struck by Police Car, but 50-Year-Old Died

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY

A COUPLE have today told how they raced from their bed to help dad Vincent Gibson in the moments after he was struck by a police car.

The 50-year-old was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital after he was hit as he crossed a road in South Shields, on Saturday night.

And today as the independent police watchdog began investigations into the smash Ken and Jackie Brown, the first residents to rush to Mr Gibson's aid, have told the Chronicle of the horror they witnessed.

Ken, 53, said: "I rushed out to help. But when I looked at the body and I think he was already dead."

Mr Gibson, from the Biddick Hall area of South Shields, is thought to have been crossing Whiteleas Way at an island when he was hit, at just before 10.30pm.

But he was flung the distance of several houses before coming to rest at the bottom of the Browns' drive.

"We were both upstairs in the bedroom when we heard a very loud thump and the sound of an alarm going off," HGVdriver, Ken explained. "I looked out the window and saw the police car in the middle of the road, then I noticed the man lying at the side of the car."

Jackie, also 53, urged her husband, who has had medical training in the army, to get dressed and go and help.

But when Ken got onto the street, a police woman asked him to stay back.

"I got dressed and went straight out," said Ken. "There was a police woman on her radio. I went over and said; 'is there anything I can do, do you need any help?' And she just said; 'no, stay back' And Jackie added: "The police woman walked over to the victim. She looked really traumatised."

The police car involved was responding to an emergency call when the collision happened.

And a Northumbria Police spokesman said its blue flashing lights and sirens were turned on at the time.

The driver and passenger of the car, both police officers, were initially trapped, and firefighters had to cut them free. They were taken to hospital before being discharged after being treated for minor injuries. …

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