UPDATED: Man arrested after father killed in suspected hit-and-run on the A35 Upton Bypass (From Bournemouth Echo)
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UPDATED: Man arrested after father killed in suspected hit-and-run on the A35 Upton Bypass
9:00pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
POLICE have made an arrest after a Bournemouth man was killed in a suspected hit-and-run when riding a child's micro scooter along a major Dorset road at the weekend.
The man who died, named locally as Daniel Robbie, is believed to have been struck by a vehicle, which did not stop, on the A35, Upton Bypass, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
His body was discovered in undergrowth on the sliproad from the A350 to Longmeadow Lane on Sunday.
The incident closed the A35 Lytchett Minster eastbound between the A350 junction and Holes Bay Roundabout for more than five hours while police investigated.
On Monday afternoon, police returned to the scene to carry out further investigations, closing one lane past where the incident occured.
Dorset Police Roads Inspector Matt Butler said: “At approximately 2.15pm on Sunday, September 15, police were alerted to a child’s micro scooter on the nearside verge of the A35, Upton Bypass between the A350 flyover and Holes Bay Road.
“A search was carried out and the body of a 23-year-old Bournemouth man was located in undergrowth nearby. It is believed that the man was riding the micro scooter along Upton Bypass early on Saturday morning and was struck by a vehicle."
The policeman added: “Anyone who thinks they may have been involved in the collision is asked to contact police as soon as possible.”
Police said on Monday evening that a 26-year-old man from the Blandford area had been arrested and was helping with their enquiries.
A spokesperson from the South Western Ambulance Service said: “An ambulance attended the incident.
“However, it was not needed to take anyone to hospital.”
Motorists faced traffic mayhem throughout the day, with traffic at a standstill in Wareham, Upton and Limberlost after the Upton Bypass was closed at 2.17pm by police.
The road reopened at 7.45pm on Sunday .
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 14:372. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.
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