POLICE are trying to track down a BMW car following a fatal hit and run in Poole – with officers urging the driver involved to come forward.
Christopher Colegate died after being struck by a vehicle which failed to stop at the junction of Darby’s Lane and Heath Avenue in Oakdale at approximately 7:30pm on Friday 13 December.
Mr Colegate, 69, was taken to Poole Hospital but sadly died as a result of his injuries.
Officers are appealing for the driver of a BMW car to come forward.
Police Sergeant Stuart Pitman of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit said: “I believe this vehicle is a silver BMW 3 Series manufactured between March 1998 and February 2006.
“This BMW was in the immediate area of the collision scene at the time and I am convinced the driver would have witnessed the incident. I wish to make it clear that I believe tis to ne a witness, not a suspect.
“The BMW drove along Wimborne Road away from the town centre, turning right into Dorchester Road in Oakdale then left into Darby’s Lane. Please can the driver contact Dorset Police as soon as possible on 101.”
A reward of up to £1,000 has been offered for information leading to an arrest and charge or an offender.
Members of the public will only be eligible for the cash reward if they call the Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.
“I am still keen to speak to the driver of two other vehicles that were in the area at the time of the collision” added Sergeant Pitman.
“A Honda civic-type vehicle travelling from Darby’s Lane into Popes Road and a medium-sized light coloured family car which travelled along Heath Avenue towards Wimborne Road at speed. I urge these drivers to come forward so we can eliminate you from the investigation.
“I would also like to trace a male pedestrian walking along Darby’s Lane towards Johnston Road who passed Mr Colegate shortly before the collision. This pedestrian was wearing a grey hooded top with the hood up.
“As we approach Christmas Day, I would urge the driver to do the right thing an call Dorset Police.”