Man killed in road accident

AN elderly man was killed after he collided with a car in north Essex.The man died in hospital after the accident which, happened in St John's Road, Clacton.

AN elderly man was killed after he collided with a car in north Essex.

The man died in hospital after the accident which, happened in St John's Road, Clacton.

The 74-year-old pedestrian was crossing the road when he collided with a black Peugeot 306 being driven by a 20-year-old man from St Johns Road.

The accident happened at about 4pm yesterdayclose to the London Road roundabout.

The pensioner, who lives in Clacton, suffered injuries to his ribs and underwent emergency surgery at Colchester General Hospital, but died later.

Following the collision, the Peugeot struck a lamppost and two garden fences. The driver was shaken but uninjured.

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Police breathalysed the driver at the scene but he had not been drinking alcohol.

Sgt Chris Tyler, of Stanway Traffic Police, said an investigation would be carried out to determine the cause of the accident.

There was heavy rainfall in the Tendring district yesterday and one of the factors that accident investigators will be considering is whether the wet conditions played any part in the crash.

Police were last night informing the man's relatives of his death and his identity had not been released.

The road was closed while the police traffic investigation unit carried out inquiries.

The coroner has been informed an inquest will be held at a date to be arranged.

Officers appealed for anyone who saw the pedestrian or the car before the collision to contact Pc Melvyn Buckley at Stanway Traffic Police on 01206 762512.

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