Patrol car death man Vincent Gibson was 'loving father'
A South Tyneside man who died after being hit by a police patrol car has been described as a "loving husband and father" by his family.
Vincent Gibson, 50, was struck in Whiteleas Way, South Shields, on Saturday night and later died.
An independent investigation is under way after Northumbria Police said the vehicle was responding to a 999 call.
A statement from his wife Sandra and sons Liam and Michael said the family were struggling to cope.
The roof of the police car had to be cut off to free two officers involved in the crash, although their injuries were not serious.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is managing an investigation by Durham Police into the death of Mr Gibson, from Shaw Avenue in South Shields.
The statement, released on behalf of the family by Durham Police, said: "Vince was a well loved and loving husband and father.
"We're finding it hard to come to terms with what has happened and we're grateful for the support of our family and friends who are helping with this.
"We also acknowledge the support of the police and understand a full investigation is being conducted into what happened."
A spokesman for Northumbria Police described the incident as "tragic" and said the force was offering support to the family.