UPDATED: Pensioner in hospital after hit and run - do you know driver?

UPDATED: Pensioner in hospital after hit and run - do you know driver?

UPDATED: Pensioner in hospital after hit and run - do you know driver?

First published in News

A HIT and run driver is being hunted following a collision in Southbourne which left an elderly woman with serious head and leg injuries.

Shocked pub and estate agent office staff rushed to the aid of the 89-year-old pedestrian after the accident on their doorstep at 3.32pm on Tuesday.

Two ambulances were sent to Southbourne Grove and the victim was taken to Poole hospital for treatment following the collision with a blue Honda Civic.

Gina Steele, duty manager at the Grove Tavern, said: “It looked like the man involved had been reversing around the corner from Southbourne Grove into Ches-nutt Avenue.

“He had a child in the car; he stopped briefly and got out of a dark blue Honda before driving off. It looked like the woman had been crossing the road and was walking towards to the pub when the accident happened. She had a plastic carrier bag and was obviously shocked but talking.”

Pub owner Clive Mace said police had taken a copy of their CCTV footage which might identify the driver.

He said: “Fortunately, we installed CCTV cameras outside last year but this is just the latest incident to illustrate how important it is to have council cameras along The Grove.

“It’s shocking that the driver left the scene and we are hoping our camera footage will help catch him.

“Our cameras have been able to assist police investigations on several occasions.”

Pub worker Orry Leslie, who alerted the emergency services, said: “I didn’t see the accident but there were lots of people outside and then someone came in and shouted: ‘Call an ambulance.’ Justin Power, assistant manager at Winkworth estate agent’s office opposite, said: “I saw a car reversing around the corner and then a lady on the floor.

“She had a head injury and was bleeding; it looked like a bad cut and I tried to stem the blood while a colleague put a jacket over her. She was shocked and quite angry; she kept saying the man involved was an idiot.

“He stopped and got out; there was a woman in the car. Then he drove off slowly; everyone was concentrating on helping the lady but we got his registration number.”

Police said the vehicle was reversing round the junction on the wrong side of the road.

They are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to phone 101, quoting incident number 18:316, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

PC Tim Brehmer, of Dorset police traffic unit, said: “I am appealing for anyone who is able to identify the motorist who failed to stop at the scene, or has any further information about the vehicle involved, to contact us urgently.

“I’d also urge the driver to do the right thing and speak with us.

“All calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”

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10:57am Wed 19 Dec 12

buickboy says...

AWFUL !!
My thoughts and prayers go out to this lady and her family, let's hope the drivers is caught or has a conscience and gives himself up
AWFUL !! My thoughts and prayers go out to this lady and her family, let's hope the drivers is caught or has a conscience and gives himself up buickboy
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12:12pm Wed 19 Dec 12

scrumpyjack says...

No insurance?

No licence?

No passport?
No insurance? No licence? No passport? scrumpyjack
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12:12pm Wed 19 Dec 12

scrumpyjack says...

And/or drunk.
And/or drunk. scrumpyjack
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6:30pm Wed 19 Dec 12

LJT1966 says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
No insurance?

No licence?

No passport?
More than likely.
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: No insurance? No licence? No passport?[/p][/quote]More than likely. LJT1966
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10:06am Thu 20 Dec 12

Morrigan says...

What a cowardly thing to do! I wouldn't be surprised if he hasn't already reported his car "stolen" to try and squirm out of being the driver during this incident ....... I hope they throw the book at him.
What a cowardly thing to do! I wouldn't be surprised if he hasn't already reported his car "stolen" to try and squirm out of being the driver during this incident ....... I hope they throw the book at him. Morrigan
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11:01am Thu 20 Dec 12

Loyal2AFCB says...

LJT1966 wrote:
scrumpyjack wrote: No insurance? No licence? No passport?
More than likely.
Judging by the timing of the incident I would say it is more likely to be the handiwork of one of the school run morons. My experience as a cyclist has taught me to keep off the roads at all costs at this time of day. For some reason it seems that transporting children makes parents oblivious to all other road users.
[quote][p][bold]LJT1966[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: No insurance? No licence? No passport?[/p][/quote]More than likely.[/p][/quote]Judging by the timing of the incident I would say it is more likely to be the handiwork of one of the school run morons. My experience as a cyclist has taught me to keep off the roads at all costs at this time of day. For some reason it seems that transporting children makes parents oblivious to all other road users. Loyal2AFCB
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12:02pm Thu 20 Dec 12

soTired says...

The driver was not necessarily drunk or without insurance, maybe just made a mistake and panicked.

He really does need to inform the Police who he is and what happened - for everyone’s sake.
The driver was not necessarily drunk or without insurance, maybe just made a mistake and panicked. He really does need to inform the Police who he is and what happened - for everyone’s sake. soTired
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12:09pm Thu 20 Dec 12

gileto says...

soTired wrote:
The driver was not necessarily drunk or without insurance, maybe just made a mistake and panicked. He really does need to inform the Police who he is and what happened - for everyone’s sake.
err....doesn't the article say that somebody had his registration number??
[quote][p][bold]soTired[/bold] wrote: The driver was not necessarily drunk or without insurance, maybe just made a mistake and panicked. He really does need to inform the Police who he is and what happened - for everyone’s sake.[/p][/quote]err....doesn't the article say that somebody had his registration number?? gileto
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12:38pm Thu 20 Dec 12

bosco1 says...

Hope the lady concerned recovers very soon. Yes I read that someone had taken the reg number, so it realy shouldent be such a hard job to trace and locate the driver involved they know the make and colour of car also.
Hope the lady concerned recovers very soon. Yes I read that someone had taken the reg number, so it realy shouldent be such a hard job to trace and locate the driver involved they know the make and colour of car also. bosco1
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12:47pm Thu 20 Dec 12

downmoor-ch says...

gileto wrote:
soTired wrote:
The driver was not necessarily drunk or without insurance, maybe just made a mistake and panicked. He really does need to inform the Police who he is and what happened - for everyone’s sake.
err....doesn't the article say that somebody had his registration number??
Whats the problem?, it states that the number has been already noted, so it shouldnt take long before the driver is being interviewed by the police. I would also at the same time, wish the lady involved, a speedy recovery!.
[quote][p][bold]gileto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]soTired[/bold] wrote: The driver was not necessarily drunk or without insurance, maybe just made a mistake and panicked. He really does need to inform the Police who he is and what happened - for everyone’s sake.[/p][/quote]err....doesn't the article say that somebody had his registration number??[/p][/quote]Whats the problem?, it states that the number has been already noted, so it shouldnt take long before the driver is being interviewed by the police. I would also at the same time, wish the lady involved, a speedy recovery!. downmoor-ch
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2:21pm Thu 20 Dec 12

spooki says...

How exactly does anyone make a quick getaway in Southbourne?

Oh and notice I haven't retaliated to dr Jjones' last comment...
How exactly does anyone make a quick getaway in Southbourne? Oh and notice I haven't retaliated to dr Jjones' last comment... spooki
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2:43pm Thu 20 Dec 12

fossilmole says...

Come on Dorset Police?
How many dark blue Honda's are there in the area ...and the registration number.
When are you going to check these for a driver with child passenger and possible some damage to paint or bodywork?
Come on Dorset Police? How many dark blue Honda's are there in the area ...and the registration number. When are you going to check these for a driver with child passenger and possible some damage to paint or bodywork? fossilmole
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4:38pm Thu 20 Dec 12

bosco1 says...

fossilmole wrote:
Come on Dorset Police? How many dark blue Honda's are there in the area ...and the registration number. When are you going to check these for a driver with child passenger and possible some damage to paint or bodywork?
Well said, my and sure many other peoples feelings and thoughts.!! Im sure this unkind person should have now been interviewed by the Police.!! ?
[quote][p][bold]fossilmole[/bold] wrote: Come on Dorset Police? How many dark blue Honda's are there in the area ...and the registration number. When are you going to check these for a driver with child passenger and possible some damage to paint or bodywork?[/p][/quote]Well said, my and sure many other peoples feelings and thoughts.!! Im sure this unkind person should have now been interviewed by the Police.!! ? bosco1
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5:14pm Thu 20 Dec 12

ShuttleX says...

First of all, I wish this lady a speedy recovery. I do hope she wasn't hurt that badly it will ruin her Christmas.

As Morrigan pointed out, there is a chance the owner of the car reported it stolen right after this accident. Although the Police (and everybody else) will know he is lying, that has to be proved. The Police are asking for witnesses to come forward in the hope that people can identify the owner as the driver. There is also the certainty that the driver will say the woman crossed the road without looking/ jumped onto his car to make an insurance claim/wasn't hit by his car but by another etc etc. All he needs is a soft judge, and off he gets.
So lets not castigate the Police for wanting to make sure there is no room to wriggle out of the crime.
First of all, I wish this lady a speedy recovery. I do hope she wasn't hurt that badly it will ruin her Christmas. As Morrigan pointed out, there is a chance the owner of the car reported it stolen right after this accident. Although the Police (and everybody else) will know he is lying, that has to be proved. The Police are asking for witnesses to come forward in the hope that people can identify the owner as the driver. There is also the certainty that the driver will say the woman crossed the road without looking/ jumped onto his car to make an insurance claim/wasn't hit by his car but by another etc etc. All he needs is a soft judge, and off he gets. So lets not castigate the Police for wanting to make sure there is no room to wriggle out of the crime. ShuttleX
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9:55pm Thu 20 Dec 12

gileto says...

ShuttleX wrote:
First of all, I wish this lady a speedy recovery. I do hope she wasn't hurt that badly it will ruin her Christmas.

As Morrigan pointed out, there is a chance the owner of the car reported it stolen right after this accident. Although the Police (and everybody else) will know he is lying, that has to be proved. The Police are asking for witnesses to come forward in the hope that people can identify the owner as the driver. There is also the certainty that the driver will say the woman crossed the road without looking/ jumped onto his car to make an insurance claim/wasn't hit by his car but by another etc etc. All he needs is a soft judge, and off he gets.
So lets not castigate the Police for wanting to make sure there is no room to wriggle out of the crime.
whatever the driver does claim once spoken to, the incident was witnesses and he got out so must have realised what happened before driving off...ie a hit and run aka failing to stop.
[quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: First of all, I wish this lady a speedy recovery. I do hope she wasn't hurt that badly it will ruin her Christmas. As Morrigan pointed out, there is a chance the owner of the car reported it stolen right after this accident. Although the Police (and everybody else) will know he is lying, that has to be proved. The Police are asking for witnesses to come forward in the hope that people can identify the owner as the driver. There is also the certainty that the driver will say the woman crossed the road without looking/ jumped onto his car to make an insurance claim/wasn't hit by his car but by another etc etc. All he needs is a soft judge, and off he gets. So lets not castigate the Police for wanting to make sure there is no room to wriggle out of the crime.[/p][/quote]whatever the driver does claim once spoken to, the incident was witnesses and he got out so must have realised what happened before driving off...ie a hit and run aka failing to stop. gileto
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10:57pm Thu 20 Dec 12

ragj195 says...

gileto wrote:
soTired wrote:
The driver was not necessarily drunk or without insurance, maybe just made a mistake and panicked. He really does need to inform the Police who he is and what happened - for everyone’s sake.
err....doesn't the article say that somebody had his registration number??
Yeah but while it takes the police all of an hour to track him down the Echo can go to town on what appeared to be a manhunt. In fact I bet they didn't even bother to check with the police if they already knew who he was before printing this.
[quote][p][bold]gileto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]soTired[/bold] wrote: The driver was not necessarily drunk or without insurance, maybe just made a mistake and panicked. He really does need to inform the Police who he is and what happened - for everyone’s sake.[/p][/quote]err....doesn't the article say that somebody had his registration number??[/p][/quote]Yeah but while it takes the police all of an hour to track him down the Echo can go to town on what appeared to be a manhunt. In fact I bet they didn't even bother to check with the police if they already knew who he was before printing this. ragj195
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