Two people have been arrested in connection with a suspected hit and run that led to a cyclist’s death in Sunderland in the early hours of Sunday (July 31) morning.

Emergency services attended an incident on Hylton Road in Sunderland at around 1.20am, following reports of a collision involving a car and a bicycle.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics, the cyclist, a man in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

His next of kin is receiving support from specialist officers.

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The vehicle believed to be involved, a blue-coloured BMW, had already left the scene before officers attended.

An investigation has been ongoing since the incident and two suspects, a 42-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man, have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, according to Northumbria Police on Monday (August 1) morning.

They have been interviewed in custody and have since been released under investigation.

Officers have also located the vehicle believed to have been involved in the collision and that has been uplifted for further analysis.

Sergeant Dave Roberts, of Northumbria Police, said: “Any death that occurs on our roads is a tragedy and all our thoughts remain with the man’s family and friends at this awful time.

“We are committed to finding out exactly what happened and will use every tactic available to us in order to provide effective justice.

“I would like to thank members of the public who have come forward to assist us since yesterday’s appeal. It is hugely appreciated.

“Your information has been invaluable so far and I would continue to ask that everyone respects the live investigation that is ongoing.”

Anybody yet to come forward who believes they witnessed the incident, or who was in the Hylton Road area at the time and has dashcam footage showing a snapper rocks blue-coloured BMW, is asked to do so.

You can get in touch via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of the Northumbria Police website or by calling 101, quoting log NP-20220731-0108.

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