Wife of man who died in collision pays tribute to him

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The family of a man from North Tyneside who was killed after being hit by a car have paid tribute to a 'kind, loyal and hardworking man'.

Colin Bird, 60, of Wallsend, was struck by a car on the Coast Road at 11.40pm, on March 28.

Mr Bird and his wife Maureen celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in February. He has four children and four grandchildren. He served in the army for 22-years.

"Colin was a very outgoing person, really sociable with lots of friends. He was loyal, honest and hardworking.

"Losing Colin has come as such a shock to us all, it was so out of the blue and sudden, and this is a really difficult time for us. I'd like to thank everyone, all of our family and friends and everyone who has sent their best wishes and cards, for all of their support.

"We're a really close family who live close to each other so we are spending lots of time together to try to get through this. We're all going to really miss him."

– Maureen Bird

Police are appealing for witnesses who saw a silver Audi travelling eastbound on the A1058 Coast Road from Newcastle and taking the Battle Hill exit.

"Our thoughts are with the family of Mr Bird at what must be an extremely difficult time for them.

"We're continuing to make enquiries into the collision to establish what has happened and any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to get in touch with police.

"In particular we're keen to hear from anyone who saw a silver Audi travelling in the area at the time the incident took place."

– Sergeant Jason Ryder, from Northumbria Police Motor Patrols

A 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the collision and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.