Road death inquest opens
An inquest into the death of a man who was killed after being hit by a car on a Wearside road at the weekend has been formally opened.
Stephen John Wheeler, 45, was struck on Tunstall Hope Road in the early hours of Sunday
Medics attended, but Mr Wheeler, from the Tunstall area, was confirmed dead at the scene.
At Sunderland Coroner’s Court, city assistant coroner Clare Davies opened an inquest into Mr Wheeler’s death.
Ms Davies said: “I’m satisfied that an inquest into Mr Wheeler’s death should take place and I will fix a date for the hearing on Tuesday, November 28.”