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Fatal fail to stop collision in Poole - Reward issued

Police investigating a fatal fail to stop road traffic collision in Poole continue to appeal for witnesses and information – with the Crimestoppers charity now offering a reward of up to £1000.

Officers were called at 7.25pm on Friday 13 December 2013 to the collision at the junction of Darby’s Lane and Heath Avenue in Poole where a pedestrian had been left fatally injured in the road.

Christopher Colegate, 69, from Poole, was tragically struck by a vehicle which failed to stop at the scene. He suffered significant injuries and was taken to Poole Hospital but sadly later died.

Mr Colegate was frail and used two walking sticks to aid his mobility.

Inspector Matt Butler, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: “I urge the driver involved in this collision to please do the right thing and get in touch. This has caused Mr Colegate’s family great distress.

“We know the driver would have been aware of the collision and I urge him or her to get in contact with us immediately. This will not go away; we will find you.”

Police are continuing to look for a number of witnesses who were in Darby’s Lane at around 7.25pm on Friday evening.

Inspector Butler continued: “In particular, we would like to speak with the driver of a silver family sized car travelling in Darby’s Lane toward Johnston Road, a family sized car that turned right from Darby’s Lane into Heath Avenue and a family sized car that turned left from Darby’s Lane into Popes Road.

“We are also keen to trace a male pedestrian walking along Darby’s Lane toward Johnston Road who passed Mr Colegate shortly before the collision. This pedestrian was wearing a hooded top with the hood up.”

A small ‘city car’ that travelled along Heath Avenue and turned right into Darby’s Lane has been traced.

Inspector Butler said: “We believe the vehicle involved in the collision may have sustained damage to the front.

“If anyone sees a car with damage to the front or is asked to repair a car that has damage to the front, then I would ask them to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or Dorset Police on the non-emergency number 101.”

Members of the public will only be eligible for the cash reward if they call the Crimestoppers line – on 0800 555 111 – with information that leads to the arrest and charge of an offender.

An inquest was opened and adjourned at 9.33am on Tuesday 17 December 2013 at the coroner’s court in Bournemouth. Evidence was heard that Mr Colegate died at Poole Hospital on Friday 13 December 2013. The cause of death is unascertained pending further enquiries.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 13:478. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 18 December 2013