A PENSIONER who died after being found unconscious with his bicycle by the side of a road could have been the victim of a hit and run.

The 72-year-old man was found in Kendal Road, Hartlepool, at 3.10pm on Wednesday.

The man was taken to the University Hospital of Hartlepool but was pronounced dead shortly before arrival.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out to determine whether he died of natural causes or as a result of injuries from the accident.

Anyone who saw the pensioner riding in Kendal Road, or with information about the incident, is asked to call Cleveland Police on (01642) 301558.