Traffic Crash Injury 2022

This is our forth blog sharing local media stories about people killed or injured in road traffic collisions in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2022 there were four fatalities and over seventy five serious injuries on Newcastle’s roads.

The North East Transport Plan, approved on 16 March 2021 stated an aim “for there to be no fatalities or serious injuries on the regions’ road network by 2025,” but nearly two years later there is still no region-wide plan to achieve this.

We think Councillors should have the courage to make the North East’s roads safer.

One positive in 2022 was the change to The Highway Code, to include the hierarchy of road-users and the ‘Dutch Reach’. The new code confirms that “those in charge of vehicles that can cause the greatest harm in the event of a collision bear the greatest responsibility to take care and reduce the danger they pose to others.

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.



Cyclist fighting for life after being hit by car in Newcastle on New Year’s Day

“A serious collision in Newcastle resulted in a cyclist being rushed to hospital this morning with potentially life-threatening injuries. The driver of the car, a 29-year-old male, was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and remains in police custody at this time.”
ChronicleLive 1/1/2022

Cyclist remains in critical condition after being knocked over by car in Newcastle on New Year’s Day
ChronicleLive 5/1/2022

Newcastle man spared jail after driving to see his dog whilst over four times the limit
ChronicleLive 3/1/2022

Driver and passenger injured in serious two vehicle crash in Gosforth

“The North East Ambulance Service were called to the two vehicle collision at the junction of the A191 and The Grove, Gosforth at 6.18pm on Wednesday night.” Note that the picture incorrectly shows the other end of The Grove and not the site of the collision.

‘Sleep tight bonny lad’ – Heartfelt tributes paid to young motorcyclist killed in Byker crash
ChronicleLive 31/1/2022


Pensioner left with ‘life-threatening’ injuries following collision while walking dog in Newcastle
ChronicleLive 1/2/2022

Driver refused breath test after ploughing car into skip then going to the pub
ChronicleLive 19/2/2022

Denton plumbing engineer caught drug driving twice in a month banned from roads
ChronicleLive 25/2/2022

Uninsured Heaton driver crashed into parked cars and fled – directly in front of cop
ChronicleLive 26/2/2022

MARCH 2022

Speeding Scotswood drink driver seriously hurt friend by crashing and flipping van onto roof
ChronicleLive 18/3/2022

Heaton drink driver crashed into three parked cars on way to pick up pal
ChronicleLive 27/3/2022

APRIL 2022

Driver ends up in court after travelling around Newcastle with shattered windscreen
ChronicleLive 28/4/2022

MAY 2022

Newcastle parking row ended in violence when man attacked stranger with baseball bat
ChronicleLive 1/5/2022

Audi drink driver caught after travelling ‘at speed’ through Newcastle city centre
ChronicleLive 4/5/2022

Pensioner dies after a crash near Newcastle Falcon’s Kingston Park Stadium

JUNE 2022

Newcastle drink driver broke nose after ploughing into RVI wall while picking up takeaway
ChronicleLive 3/6/2022


JULY 2022

Gosforth drink driving primary school teacher had ‘frighteningly’ high breath reading
ChronicleLive 9/7/2022


SPACE for Gosforth is quoted in the following article, saying that “no one deserves to be killed or injured just trying to get from A to B” also calling for action to redesign roads and cut speed limits. A spokesperson for group added: “North East Councils have committed through Transport North East to no more deaths or serious injuries on the region’s roads by 2025. It is time for Newcastle City Council and Northumbria Police to deliver on that commitment.”




Jesmond trainee teacher crashed into car while over the limit then drove off
ChronicleLive 7/11/2022

Benwell drink driver caught by leaving trail of car tyre marks after fleeing scene of crash
ChronicleLive 20/11/2022


Crash victim thanks brave responders who saved his life after he was pinned against wall in terrifying smash
ChronicleLive 13/12/2022

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.

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.

We have recorded injuries from road traffic collisions in previous years in our blogs Traffic Crash Injury 2021Traffic Crash Injury 2020 and Traffic Crash Injury 2019.