Tributes paid to John Averill following death on Blaydon Bank

Neighbours and friends pay tribute to pedestrian killed on Blaydon Bank whilst police seek information after pensioner dies following Wallsend car accident

Police attend the scene on Blaydon Bank where John Averill was hit by a car
Police attend the scene on Blaydon Bank where John Averill was hit by a car

Tributes have been paid for a pedestrian who died after being hit by a car on a “death trap” road.

John Averill was described by neighbours and friends as a character who will be missed. Mr Averill’s family are coming to terms with his death after the 36-year-old died in hospital following the accident yards from his home in Blaydon, Gateshead.

Mr Averill was hit by a car on Blaydon Bank, near the junction with Alice Street, at around 4.30pm on Tuesday. The leaflet distributor was rushed to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment but died soon afterwards.

Last night, neighbours and friends paid tribute to Mr Averill, who lived at Denton View with his mother June Newland and his stepfather David.

John Clavering, who lives next door to Mr Averill and also works for the same company as him – Accent Distribution Service – said: “John was a nice lad, he just started working for the company who I’m with. That road is so dangerous. There have been a few accidents on there and not so long ago there was a young lad knocked off his bike. There should be speed cameras put up. Cars go far too fast.”

Meanwhile, an elderly woman hit by a car in Wallsend earlier this week has died of her injuries.

Joan Clarkin was knocked down on Battle Hill Drive at around 1.30pm on Monday.

The 80-year-old, from Battle Hill, in Wallsend, was taken to Newcatle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary but died on Tuesday. Police were continuing to appeal for information.

Officers are particularly keen to trace and speak to two men who were waiting at a bus stop with another man on Battle Hill Drive and Brownsgrove Close, next to Tyne Met College which overlooked the scene of the collision.

Police believe all three may have witnessed the incident and officers are keen to track down two of the men who assisted the injured woman after the collision and are then believed to have got on a bus, a service 309 or 310, the Cobalt Clipper travelling towards Middle Engine Lane and left the scene.

The road was closed for around two hours on Monday afternoon while investigations and vehicle recovery took place.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about the crash, should contact police on 101 ext 69191 for the attention of motor patrols at Etal Lane.


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