This is our third blog sharing local media stories about people killed or injured in road traffic collisions in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2021 there have been two fatalities and over seventy serious injuries on Newcastle’s roads.
Serious injury and death on the roads is not inevitable. To a large extent, injuries from road traffic collisions are the result of political choices that have prioritised saving a few seconds on a journey over people’s wellbeing and safety. When we see articles praising the bravery of recovering victims, particularly children, we often wonder why politicians and road designers weren’t brave instead to act on safety concerns and minimise the danger.
As in previous years, the vast majority of incidents where people are hurt are not reported in the media, so this is only a snapshot. Incidents are most likely to be reported following a court hearing, but that doesn’t mean incidents not reported in the media are any less serious.
Transport North East has, this year, set a target that no one should be killed or seriously injured from a road traffic collision in the North East by 2025. The Government has separately committed, in its Gear Change:One Year On review, to publish a new road safety strategic framework using the Safe System approach.
The Safe System approach requires road design that encourages safe behaviour and is forgiving when people make mistakes so that injuries are not serious or fatal. The recent 20mph speed limit on Gosforth High Street is a good example of this. It also means understanding what causes the greatest danger and targeting enforcement to mitigate that danger. Making streets safer also helps reduce the burden on the NHS and Emergency Services.
Bar chart from The What kills most on the roads? report
by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS).
The Northumbria Police initiative to allow the public to submit dash cam footage of dangerous driving is also proving successful. According to a recent tweet out of 7,200 incidents reported over 4,300 have resulted in a fine. The team now process 400 submissions a month with about 60% of submissions leading to some sort of action.
Also launched in 2021 were Road Collision Reporting Guidelines to improve consistency and accuracy of media reporting of road traffic collisions. We have had a go at suggesting some alternative headlines based on the new guidelines. If you think you can improve on our suggestions please let us know in the comments.
Very pleased to announce the Road Collision Reporting Guidelines for media are launched: https://t.co/nidJAwvu8I
— Laura Laker (@laura_laker) May 18, 2021
Summary information for injuries due to road traffic collisions can be found on the CrashMap website or on the North East Road User Casualty Dashboard maintained by the Traffic and Data Unit (TADU). The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) has also produced a Constituency Road Safety Dashboard.
Driving whilst knowingly having a history of “black outs whilst driving” is not acceptable. Thankfully nobody seriously hurt in this collision we’re dealing with in the #Gosforth area. pic.twitter.com/G31zOAHm6L
— Northumbria Police Road Safety (@NPRoadSafety) January 3, 2021
James & Henry couldn’t get away from RTCs today whilst dealing with this one in Newcastle they had to break off to go and interview a driver they arranged to come in from a RTC before Christmas! Back in on Thursday for yet another RTC related enquiry! #itsnotjustcrime pic.twitter.com/xkJu5vSWkT
— NP Specials (@NPSpecials) January 3, 2021
More than 140 suspected drink drivers caught over Christmas and New Yearhttps://t.co/nHtsmPuKPL
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) January 5, 2021
⚠️We have had 19 collisions on the road this morning due to bad weather across our region ⚠️
Please take care if you are driving, particularly in some of our rural communities.
If you do need to get behind the wheel then slow down and leave plenty of space between vehicles. pic.twitter.com/P4gyY8UOAe
— Northumbria Police (@northumbriapol) January 6, 2021
Drug-driver caused life-changing injuries to student
Horrific and traumatic crash in Jesmond which left a woman with life-changing injuries. She was walking on the pavement. https://t.co/qAbYFdDSRm
— NCL Cycling Campaign (@NewCycling) January 7, 2021
She was left with multiple serious injuries, was in hospital for five weeks, had to complete her studies in a wheelchair, which she had to use for months, and is still suffering the physical and psychological effects almost two years on.
Her injuries included a broken knee, ruptured cruciate ligament, five pelvic fractures, fractured ribs, a broken nose, lacerations to her head, bruising and she lost two front teeth.
“My walking speed is significantly slower than it was and slower than my friends walk.
“I have anxiety when walking near roads and can no longer walk down Jesmond Road. I now take other routes but I’m constantly nervous and strive to walk in the same direction as the traffic.
“I’m extremely hyper-sensitive and regularly flinch at the sound of vehicles and I’m nervous crossing the road.
“I have sought help from a psychologist.
Speeding driver knocked over elderly couple and left them dying…
He was branded a "monster" and "callous" by grieving family membershttps://t.co/N8eMsARwiC
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) January 15, 2021
Heartfelt tributes paid to ‘childhood sweethearts’ killed in hit-and-run as Fenham driver jailed
“Today brings us closure on the criminal proceedings but in no way does it bring any relief,” they said.
“Our family and all those that knew and loved our parents are still grieving their loss.”
— North East Live Traffic (@NELiveTraffic) January 20, 2021
Jesmond drink driver caught after attending lockdown breaking house party
Named and shamed – the motorists who put lives at risk with their appalling driving https://t.co/BrbOwklkYP
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) January 23, 2021
Elswick mechanic banned from roads caught test driving cars FIVE times
Emergency services called after car crashes into lampposthttps://t.co/jwobOAu23R
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) February 1, 2021
Alternative headline: Emergency services called after a driver collides with a lamppost.
Cyclist taken to hospital after being knocked off his bike near Chillingham Roadhttps://t.co/0m5oNDbK6A
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) February 3, 2021
Kingston Park drink driver crashed into tree while trying to avoid hitting cat
“She had to swerve out the way when a cat ran out into the road and she lost control. She broke her toe as a result and was in a lot of pain and was in a supportive boot for some weeks. She can’t believe how stupid she’s been. She’s going to pay a high price for the decision.”
Police release dashcam footage after two vehicles crash into car at traffic lights before fleeing
“The driver of a blue BMW 318d reported that he was waiting at a red light at Hampstead Junction when he was hit by two vehicles from behind. Dash-cam footage from his vehicle showed the grey 4×4 and a red car, possibly a VW Golf, smash into the back of the vehicle at high speed.”
Alternative headline: Police release dashcam footage after two drivers crash into car at traffic lights before fleeing
Girlfriend and sister of driver lied to police after he killed 10-year-old Melissa Tate in Kenton
You asked for road safety to be a priority – I’ve committed to reducing harm and promoting safer driving in my new Police & Crime Plan. @northumbriapol will continue to educate, but also carry out targeted enforcement for those unwilling to follow the rules. pic.twitter.com/Ct2G6Cvtby
— Kim McGuinness- Northumbria PCC #StaySafe (@NorthumbriaPCC) February 10, 2021
Van stopped, driver smells of cannabis.@DrugWipeUK tested & positive for cannabis.
Room without a view for the driver, blood samples taken for forensic testing. pic.twitter.com/geonRdylW1
— NP Specials (@NPSpecials) February 15, 2021
Dad injured in terrifying ‘Fast and Furious-style’ crash in Newcastle as police hunt for drivers
“Trapped behind the wheel at traffic lights, this driver feared he would be killed as two cars smashed into him in a movie-style crash. The two mystery drivers then disappeared into the night, leaving the father injured in his car. Almost three months on from the crash, which Babak has described as like a scene from the Fast and Furious action films, police are still hunting the reckless motorists.”
Banned driver avoids jail after being drunk behind the wheel for FOURTH time
“Officers spoke to the driver and he was clearly intoxicated. Checks were conducted and it showed the defendant was a disqualified driver and had no insurance. Dalton was arrested and later gave a reading of 85 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath when the legal limit is just 35. The court was told that the road menace had 19 offences on his record, including eight involving motoring.”
Teenager taken to hospital after being hit by a bus in Walkerhttps://t.co/55d2wT1Ay6
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) March 4, 2021
Alternative headline: Teenager taken to hospital after being hit by a bus driver
One person taken to hospital after collision on Chillingham Road
“One person was taken to hospital after being hit by a vehicle at the junction of Chillingham Road and Shields Road on Wednesday”
Queues for more than three miles on the A1 at Denton Burn following a four-car crash.
Man taken to hospital following a crash on the A1https://t.co/RWlzNNHMsJ
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) March 16, 2021
Driver denies two charges after Four Lane Ends crash that left woman with ‘life-changing’ injuries
HGV driver arrested on suspicion of drug driving after 1am crash on Great North Road
“A force spokesperson said: “Shortly before 1am this morning (Thursday) we received a report of a one vehicle collision, involving an HGV on Great North Road, Newcastle. The road was closed at Blue House roundabout while officers and emergency services attended the scene and local diversions put in place. The driver, a 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving while over the legal limit of a controlled drug and remains in police custody at this time.”
The crossings were accidents were most common have been revealedhttps://t.co/H9Xhy9QGGw
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) March 28, 2021
Alternative headline: The crossings where collisions were most common have been revealed.
Driver caught doing 133mph on the A69 among 70,000 speeding in North East in 2020https://t.co/AjpcV1jybP
— Chronicle Travel (@ChronicleTravel) March 30, 2021
Emma was just 18 when she lost her lifehttps://t.co/WXWmtxDOGg
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) April 6, 2021
"I now become another parent begging the judicial system to recognise the severity of life being taken away because a driver chose to speed […] I am another parent, tomorrow there will be another and another the day after" https://t.co/FdPCf8b2K7
— space for gosforth (@space4gosforth) April 7, 2021
A 37 year old female has been charged with careless driving, fail to stop and fail to report an RTC following a collision with a cyclist on 1st April on Coach Lane.The collision left the cyclist requiring hospital treatment. The driver will appear at court on a future date. pic.twitter.com/jRY8uWiOqI
— Northumbria Police Road Safety (@NPRoadSafety) April 6, 2021
— North East Live Traffic (@NELiveTraffic) April 14, 2021
Kensington Avenue, Grange, NE3, currently closed after coming together of moving and stationary cars. Residents have previously complained about speeding, requested traffic calming (speed bumps) pic.twitter.com/9iDsArE1Dp
— Parklands LD Focus Team (@Parklands_Ward) April 21, 2021
Councillor opens up on PTSD battle after terrifying car crash that left him fighting for his life
A man has been seriously injured https://t.co/T0vR03obzf
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) May 1, 2021
Drink driver faces jail after being caught over the limit two days after being banned from the roads
“The 50-year-old was breathalysed and recorded a reading of 60 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath, which resulted in him being banned from the roads until 2024. But on April 26, less than 48 hours after leaving court, Dedman was again spotted getting out of his Mercedes CLS220 in Great Park near Gosforth. He was again found to be nearly twice the legal limit of 35 micrograms and now could be jailed as a result of his actions.”
One was even caught carrying a carhttps://t.co/aROc0Xbg1s
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) May 9, 2021
He sped into residential streets and was doing 70mph, and nearly collided with another carhttps://t.co/9aqrnpz9Pm
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) May 12, 2021
Drink driver more than three times the limit at 9am had necked gin in his van
Boy, 10, taken to hospital with serious injuries after being knocked down in Gosforth
A 10-year-old boy has been taken to hospital https://t.co/SNhVLIk228
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) May 19, 2021
“A 10-year-old boy was crossing the road near Gosforth Central Middle School when he was struck by the Land Rover.”
The victim later needed to have his foot amputated as a result of the collision.
Intoxicated Philip Dedman was back behind the wheel just 48 hours after a court disqualified himhttps://t.co/ad4clg8xNn
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) May 23, 2021
Choudhury narrowly avoided a head-on collision https://t.co/ZszVEnpzvM
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) June 3, 2021
A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital with serious injuries https://t.co/uqPEoUnLFt
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) June 4, 2021
Drink driver crashed into parked cars after celebrating birth of child with pal
He told police he was 'high as f**k'https://t.co/ukAUCEpmvD
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) June 6, 2021
Driver smashed head on into car on Central Motorway left woman unable to get in shape for weddinghttps://t.co/rZczMBOfhm
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) June 10, 2021
Teenage girl taken to hospital after being knocked over in Heaton https://t.co/cWOUahXphO
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) June 10, 2021
This drunk driver who was also driving unsupervised was lucky the barrier saved them from a long fall in #Heaton They’re now in custody to be dealt with when sober. We say it time and time again #DONTDRINKANDDRIVE #Nonefortheroad #fatal4 pic.twitter.com/6XniQZToW9
— Northumbria Police Road Safety (@NPRoadSafety) June 16, 2021
A167 North West Radial, drivers are being diverted off the road at the A189 Grandstand Road Northbound due to an emergency road closure because of a serious two vehicle collision near the Cowgate junction.#Newcastle @bbcnewcastle @MetroRadioNews pic.twitter.com/lsYpU8enRS
— North East Live Traffic (@NELiveTraffic) June 17, 2021
‘I don’t know how to drive sober let alone drunk’ – court confession of drink driver
Another s59 seizure after the driver of this Leon was seen driving in a careless manner, before taking off down the Central Motorway in excess of 100mph, passing cars on the inside. They’ve now lost the vehicle and been reported for dangerous driving. #RoadSafety pic.twitter.com/qJKyNMCZUD
— Operation Dragoon (@OpDragoon) June 20, 2021
The dad was seen speeding through the city centre on his way to buy milkhttps://t.co/WhOjgHXgDp
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) June 24, 2021
Drunk motorist snared after HGV driver spots him travelling erratically on Tyne Bridge
Dad facing driving ban after riding e-scooter drunk in Newcastle City Centre
Driver warned only a matter of weeks ago about careless driving, clearly took no notice of the warning and continued to drive in #Gosforth in an anti social manner. Seized under police reform act powers pic.twitter.com/kEoMdHTQao
— Northumbria Police Road Safety (@NPRoadSafety) June 29, 2021
Drink driver’s breath reading accused of being ‘off the scale of court guidelines’
Thankyou to our road users for their support with road safety.
Dash cam data submissions.
349 resulted in a process (75%)
14 mobile phone
75 careless driving
42 red lights
177 close pass
6 dangerous driving.@NPRoadSafety
— Superintendent Sam Rennison (@sam_rennison) July 9, 2021
Doing 120mph on the #A696 in #Newcastle is one way to attract attention, not really what you want when you’ve got no insurance and an expired driving licence. Another dangerous driver off the road and their car #seized pic.twitter.com/OuLHQnIbkm
— Northumbria Police Road Safety (@NPRoadSafety) July 14, 2021
The car could be seen on the pavement after the crashhttps://t.co/UYZYb3hgew
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) July 14, 2021
Alternative headline: Emergency services called after driver crashes into barrier and mounts pavement.
Two men die in Newcastle following a police pursuit
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) July 25, 2021
Flowers left at scene of fatal Newcastle crash as police appeal for information
Police name men who died in crash following police pursuit in Newcastle
Connor Davison, of Prudhoe, and Andrew Milburn, of Crawcrook, lost their lives in the fatal collision on Barrack Road
So far in 2021 there have been 30 serious injuries and 130 slight injuries recorded on Newcastle's roads. These are the first road deaths.
— space for gosforth (@space4gosforth) July 27, 2021
Officers say Kieran McMahon, 19, "wreaked havoc" when he stole six bikes worth around a total of £13,000 and drove recklessly around Newcastle and Gateshead on 2 June.https://t.co/coz2pygxm0
— ITV News Tyne Tees (@itvtynetees) August 5, 2021
The driver mounted the pavement and knocked over the victim before driving awayhttps://t.co/G8itkmp4Ti
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) August 9, 2021
A193 New Bridge Street
Delays and temporary lane closure on the western quadrant of the roundabout due to a collision between a car and Motorbike.@MetroRadioNews @bbcnewcastle @NewcastleCC #Newcastle pic.twitter.com/H2wnzKfvIS
— North East Live Traffic (@NELiveTraffic) August 16, 2021
Two people have been rushed to hospital https://t.co/S22ADoNCOU
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) August 21, 2021
A193 New Bridge Street, drivers are urged to be cautious on joining the on the A167(M) Southbound due to an overturned car at the top of the slip road.#Newcastle @TheSandK @bbcnewcastle @INRIXtraffic_N @ChronicleTravel pic.twitter.com/VWVi7TJVz9
— North East Live Traffic (@NELiveTraffic) August 23, 2021
Can you help police with their enquiries? A girl, 7, suffered life-changing injuries https://t.co/30DgupENcP
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) September 21, 2021
Alternative headline: Girl,7, left with life-changing injuries after being knocked down by HGV driver.
Parents kept their little ones extra close after the horrifying collisionhttps://t.co/MtWMvAPSvF
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) September 21, 2021
Little girl hit by truck outside Newcastle primary school still in hospital two weeks on
“She suffered serious leg injuries and spent 11 weeks at the Royal Victoria Infirmary hospital where she underwent several major reconstructive surgeries.” ChronicleLive 20/12/2021
The nine-year-old boy is believed to have a broken anklehttps://t.co/ORFD8bVSO7
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) September 21, 2021
The collision happened near the Redheugh Bridgehttps://t.co/6AicajxEEm
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) September 24, 2021
We've taken reports from @northumbriapol of a serious collision on the #A1 between J75 #A69 and J76 #Westerhope. Traffic Officers travelling to the area but picking up some slow traffic. pic.twitter.com/LMYLOkG2zk
— National Highways: North-East (@HighwaysNEAST) September 24, 2021
Police say they drove off after the collision with the motorbike https://t.co/359qZShHVc
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) September 25, 2021
Road Traffic Collision by Blue House roundabout- reported on the Gosforth Community Group Facebook group 1/10/2021
Robert Ismay already had nine points on his licence when he committed his latest offencehttps://t.co/sdFoPtb1Fj
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) October 2, 2021
Felling drink driver smashed into railings in front of police officer
Robert Gifford crashed his Vauxhall on Benton Road shortly after midnight and in full view of a constable ChronicleLive 2/10/2021
Newcastle drink driving student caught after travelling too slowly en route to get cigarettes
Teenager fighting for his life and another person seriously injured after Newcastle city centre crash
The teenager is still critically illhttps://t.co/Jbadzf3cyX
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) October 4, 2021
Delays on the CME this afternoon due to a vehicle fire. Everybody safe and uninjured and Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue working at scene to safely reopen the road again.
Thanks for your patience whilst we work to keep everybody safe. pic.twitter.com/KX3pthXmXj
— Northumbria Police Road Safety (@NPRoadSafety) October 8, 2021
Joyriders arrested after abandoning car in woodland after helicopter pursuit across Newcastle “Two suspected thieves, aged 25 and 27, have been arrested after a dangerous police pursuit involving a helicopter.”
Newcastle driver fled from police on deflated tyres after stinger used to stop him
“Knowles, 25, of Slatyford Lane, Newcastle, has been spared jail after he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without a licence and without insurance, failing to stop, and possession of cocaine. The court was told the defendant had never passed a driving test, yet he had six points on his licence from a previous offence of driving without insurance.”
Severe delays of 60 minutes and queueing traffic for five miles due to a collision involving two vehicles on the A1 Western Bypass
Mum Talia Courtney had downed gin and tequila when she got behind the wheelhttps://t.co/OZvA8maNK2
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) October 24, 2021
Uninsured Walker driver caught while over the limit for cocaine and cannabis
Van stopped in #Newcastle this morning, transporting kerosene. Some attempt made to secure some barrels, however no lids. In the event they moved or the van was in a collision that’s a lot of flammable liquid uncovered. Vehicle prohibited. #RoadSafety pic.twitter.com/MzASV4e16E
— Operation Dragoon (@OpDragoon) October 26, 2021
Emergency services were at the scene for almost three hourshttps://t.co/3V6CIV8hZE
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) October 27, 2021
Alternative headline: Cyclist taken to hospital after collision with driver in Newcastle city centre
Byker drink-driver caught at McDonald’s drive-thru with 11-year-old daughter in car
South Shields drug driver crashed into lorry after pulling out of bus stop on Great North Road
Kenton drink-driver attempted to ditch car and run into house in bid to avoid police
Menace led police on high-speed chase with terrified seven-year-old in carhttps://t.co/3VxGW908zn
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) November 3, 2021
Kieron died after suffering 'catastrophic and unsurvivable' brain injurieshttps://t.co/eTQV6VTJa6
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) September 25, 2021
She put lives at riskhttps://t.co/wdWMx8I3Uu
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) November 4, 2021
It’s understood that a blue Ford Fiesta Zetec was travelling on Roman Ave towards junction with Fossway when it has collided with a red Suzuki motorcycle. Emergency services attended and 23-year-old motorcycle passenger was taken to hospital with serious head injury.
— Northumbria Police (@northumbriapol) November 6, 2021
Spending several hours in A@E with a drink driver wasn’t how I planned the shift. Driver not only faces awkward questions about how the collision happened but also a lengthy wait for blood/alcohol analysis now. #fatal5 #nonefortheroad https://t.co/0DCuqUjNEh
— Lanty (@DarrenLant) November 14, 2021
Motorcyclist rushed to Newcastle hospital after collision in Jesmond https://t.co/54XsMSm1Uc
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) November 19, 2021
Woman fighting for life after being knocked down by cyclist in Newcastle city centrehttps://t.co/aHSsCniM37
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) December 15, 2021
— Operation Dragoon (@OpDragoon) December 31, 2021
The driver of this Mercedes was stopped in #Jesmond shorty before midnight on their way to a New Years Eve party.
Unfortunately, we spoilt the party before it begun as driving without a licence is one sure way to get your vehicle seized. pic.twitter.com/tctxqwfA4n
— Northumbria Police Road Safety (@NPRoadSafety) January 1, 2022
Thank you from SPACE for Gosforth to the officers and staff at Northumbria Police and Newcastle City Council who are working to reduce road danger to make Newcastle’s streets safe to walk and cycle on, and to NHS and Ambulance staff for helping those that are injured.