Franklin Street residents shocked by death of driver who collapsed at wheel
NEIGHBOURS in a quiet east Hull street have spoken of their shock after a man is believed to have collapsed at the wheel of his car and died.
The driver, 64, was travelling along Franklin Street, towards Holderness Road, during rush hour when he is thought to have collapsed and crashed into four parked cars.
The man was driving a Vauxhall Zafira at about 8.30am.
Residents in Franklin Street said they were surprised to see the aftermath and sent their best wishes to the man's family.
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Tracy Tilson, who lives in the street, said: "I went to drop my daughters Bethany and Amber at Craven Primary School and got back just after it had happened.
"The road was blocked off and I could see the gentleman laid out being given CPR.
"It went on for a long time and I was worried he wouldn't make it.
"It was quite shocking and there were a few cars parked around the area to stop people looking at what was going on.
"Neighbours were making sure children didn't see as they walked past and it's very sad to hear the man died."
Yorkshire Ambulance Service confirmed two people were taken to Hull Royal Infirmary but couldn't confirm any further details about the other patient.
They sent a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance and a doctor to the crash, having received a call at 8.29am.
Tracy said she has never known any serious accidents to have happened down the street, although there have been plenty in busy Holderness Road.
"At first we didn't know whether or not a child had been knocked over on their way to school," she said.
"Myself and my daughters were nearly mowed down in Holderness Road some time ago.
"Our hearts go out to the man's family. I don't believe he lived near the street and was probably just passing through.
"I heard a few cars had been damaged but I wasn't sure which ones.
"One of my neighbours was standing shaking at the front while it was all going on.
"It's a very sad situation."
There were no cars visibly damaged down the street yesterday afternoon although there was some debris on the road.
Gary Chapman, 28, who also lives in the area, said he was coming back from the corner shop when he saw the police activity near his house.
He said: "I spoke to a PCSO on the corner of Franklin Street who said there had been an accident. I was really surprised.
"It's very sad to hear that the man died.
"It's usually a pretty quiet area. I only moved here in January but I've not seen a single crash.
"I feel very sorry for the man's family. It's quite a shocking thing to happen."
Police investigating the circumstances of the crash want to hear from any witnesses.
Anyone with information should call Humberside Police on non-emergency number 101, referring to log 138 of September 7.