Tyne & Wear

Cyclist Stan Coates's bike is returned after fatal Sunderland crash

A cyclist's bike has been handed in to police three days after he died when he was hit by a car in Sunderland.

Stan Coates, 55, of Sunderland, died on Friday after being hit in Burdon Lane after stopping to exchange details with a driver after an earlier collision.

Two men in a van took the bicycle after the first collision but later handed it in after a police appeal.

Police said they believe the men who removed the bike did so "with good intentions".

Northumbria Police questioned the driver of the second car which struck Mr Coates but no arrests were made.

Mr Coates was flown in nine minutes to James Cook Hospital, in Middlesbrough, by the Great North Air Ambulance following the collision which happened at about 16:45 BST.

The service said it had been unable to land at a hospital in Newcastle because of snow.

The 24-year-old driver of the car involved in the first incident suffered minor injuries, the force said.

Both cars involved were Vauxhall Corsas.

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