Police renew appeal for witnesses on seventh anniversary of fatal Sunderland collision

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Potential witnesses are sought as today marks the seventh anniversary of fatal collision in Sunderland.

In 2009, on Thursday, February 12, 15-year-old Kane Howey Scales was hit by a Volkswagen Passat on the northbound carriageway of the A1018 Newcastle Road in Sunderland.

Kane, from the Roker area of Sunderland, suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital. He died from his injuries a day later.

Police investigations and an inquest by HM Coroner ruled the collision an accident, with no charges brought against anyone involved.

However, Kane’s family still have questions about the collision they want answered and police are working with them.

Chief Inspector Nicola Musgrove said: “We know that despite our initial investigation and an Inquest by HM Coroner, Kane’s family still has unanswered questions around what happened on the night Kane died, and we want to help find them these answers.

“It is incredibly distressing losing a child and we can’t begin to imagine what Kane’s family have been through and how what happened seven years ago changed their lives irrevocably.

“We’re renewing our appeal seven years on in the hope that we can help them find the answers they need and help them to find some closure to this incredibly tragic incident.”

As a result, police have relaunched an appeal for five potential witnesses, who visited Simply Food and Drinks on Newcastle Road, to come forward as they may have some useful information but were not spoken to at the time of the first investigation.

Police have also released images of the witnesses they want to identify, hoping that they come forward.

Ms Musgrove added: “I would please ask these people, or anyone who knows who they are, to please come forward and speak to us.”

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