Police officers investigating a collision in Sunderland which saw a 11-year-old child taken to hospital have appealed for a key witness to come forward.

At about 6.40pm last Tuesday (June 23) police received a report of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Silksworth Lane in Sunderland.

Emergency services attended the scene and the pedestrian, 11, was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

He remains in a stable condition.

An investigation is ongoing into the incident and officers have spoken to the driver of the vehicle in question, who stopped at the scene.

Enquiries have since led police to identify a small red 4x4-type vehicle which was travelling in the area at the time of the collision, but which left the scene shortly after.

Officers believe the occupant may have witnessed the collision, and may have valuable information that can assist with their enquiries.

Inspector Ian Cutty, of our Motor Patrols Department, said: “We are carrying out a range of enquiries to establish the circumstances surrounding the collision, and we have identified that a red 4x4 vehicle was in the area at the time.

“We’re keen to speak to the driver of this vehicle to establish if they witnessed the incident as any information may assist us with our enquiries. If you were in the area, or drive a vehicle matching that description, please get in touch with us.” 

The witness is asked to contact police on 101 or via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website quoting log 990 230620.

Alternatively, you can email 8961@northumbria.pnn.police.uk.