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Pedestrian, 54, dies after he was hit by a car that police had been following 

Pedestrian, 54, dies after he was hit by a car that police had been following

  • 54-year-old pedestrian died after he was hit by a car outside hotel in Newcastle
  • Northumbria Police said the car which struck him was being followed by officers
  • Five people were injured in crash and taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI)

A pedestrian has died after he was hit by a car which was being followed by police.   

The 54-year-old was outside the County Hotel in Newcastle at midnight when a car careered off the road and ploughed into him and another pedestrian before smashing into the building. 

Northumbria Police said the vehicle had been involved in a chase, but officers abandoned the pursuit shortly before the collision.

Five people were taken to hospital and one man died following the crash at midnight on Sunday

The victim has not been formally named, but relatives have been informed and are being supported by family liaison officers.

Five people were injured and taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), including three who suffered serious injuries. 

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: ‘Officers signalled for it to stop, and a short pursuit began, but the Passat drove off and officers lost sight of the vehicle.

‘A short time later officers received a report that the vehicle in question had collided with two pedestrians at the County Hotel pub on Walker Road.’

Northumbria Police said the vehicle had been involved in a chase, but officers had abandoned the pursuit shortly before the collision

Northumbria Police said the vehicle had been involved in a chase, but officers had abandoned the pursuit shortly before the collision

The 54-year-old was outside the County Hotel in Newcastle at midnight when a car careered off the road and ploughed into him before smashing into the building

The 54-year-old was outside the County Hotel in Newcastle at midnight when a car careered off the road and ploughed into him before smashing into the building

The victim has not yet been identified but his family has been informed. Pictured, police at the scene today

The victim has not yet been identified but his family has been informed. Pictured, police at the scene today

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