A MAN is fighting for his life after being hit by a car near a pub in Sunderland.

The 57-year-old pedestrian was left with serious head injuries after the collision, which happened near the Oddies pub in Hylton Road, Sunderland, at about 9.45pm on Saturday. 

The man was taken to hospital, where he remains in a critical but stable condition. 

An investigation is ongoing into the cause of the collision, and police are now eager for any witnesses to come forward.

Sergeant Lee Butler, of Northumbria Police’s motor patrols department, said: “This was a very serious incident that has left a man in a critical condition in hospital.

“Our specially trained family liaison officers are supporting his family at this difficult time.

“This incident happened on a busy road near the junction with Milburn Street, and we believe a number of people may have been in the vicinity who might have seen something that could assist us with our enquiries.

“We are asking anyone who was in the area at the time and saw what happened, or anyone with dashcam footage, to come forward.”

Those with information are asked to contact 101 quoting reference 1141 021119 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.