A PENSIONER who was knocked down by a car and rushed to hospital has sadly died, it has been revealed.

Emergency services rushed to the scene in Durand Road, Earley, shortly after 1.15pm on Sunday, April 15.

When they arrived it immediately became clear that 67-year-old Roy Fordyce had been hit by a car and suffered serious injuries to his head.

An air ambulance was drafted to the scene and Mr Fordyce was flown to The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where he remained for severald days.

However, Mr Fordyce, of Newquay Drive, Lower Earley, was sadly pronounced dead on Wednesday, May 2.

An inquest into his death was opened at Reading Town Hall and adjourned until a later date.

A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service said: "We were called at 13.16 on April 15 with the caller reporting a collision between a car and a pedestrian on Durand Road, Earley.

"We sent a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, a paramedic team leader and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance to the incident. The pedestrian was a 67-year-old male who had sustained a serious head injury.

"After initial treatment at the scene he was then taken by air to the major trauma unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford."

A section of Chalfont Way near the Asda supermarket was sealed off by blue and white police tape.

Several police and ambulance vehicles could be seen within the cordon while a red Toyota car was parked at the side of the road.

The cordon was later removed and no arrests were made.