"We will find you" - police warning to driver after hit-and-run crash which killed Poole grandfather

Bournemouth Echo: "We will find you" - police warning to driver after hit-and-run crash which killed Poole grandfather "We will find you" - police warning to driver after hit-and-run crash which killed Poole grandfather

A REWARD of up to £1,000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and charge of a suspect in the Christopher Colegate hit-and-run case.

The 69-year-old Poole grandfather, who used two walking sticks, was struck by a vehicle at the junction of Darby’s Lane and Heath Avenue, Poole, last Friday (Dec 13) evening.

Inspector Matt Butler, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, has urged the driver to come forward immediately. “This will not go away, we will find you,” he stressed.

The reward is being offered by the Crimestoppers charity.

Police have released details of three cars they want to trace, which were spotted in the area around the same time of the fatal collision.

They’re also anxious to speak to other potential witnesses, in particular a male pedestrian who passed Mr Colegate as the victim walked along Darby’s Lane moments before being struck.

Officers were called to the scene at 7.25pm. Mr Colegate was later pronounced dead at Poole Hospital.

His devastated family have called for the driver to come forward and speak to police.

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 touch with us immediately.”

Investigators want to speak to the driver of a silver family-sized car, spotted travelling along Darby’s Lane toward Johnston Road around the same time of the incident. They also want information on a similar-sized car that turned right from Darby’s Lane into Heath Avenue, and a car that left Darby’s Lane into Popes Road.

The pedestrian, who walked past Mr Colegate towards Johnston Road, was wearing a hooded top with the hood up.

A small ‘city car’ that was seen travelling in the area has been traced by police.

Contact Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 13:478, Members of the public will only be eligible for the cash reward if they call the Crimestoppers Line – on 0800 555 111 - with information leading to the charge of a suspect.

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4:36pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Huey says...

I hope that next week the driver is sitting down with his family for Xmas dinner, when the door knocks and it's some very stern faced policemen with an arrest warrant.
I hope that next week the driver is sitting down with his family for Xmas dinner, when the door knocks and it's some very stern faced policemen with an arrest warrant. Huey

5:23pm Wed 18 Dec 13

skydriver says...

The police had a good result in finding the nasty driver from Kent who killed Jade in Ringwood, they will get you too , best you come forward now, unless you want to get a similar prison sentence.
The police had a good result in finding the nasty driver from Kent who killed Jade in Ringwood, they will get you too , best you come forward now, unless you want to get a similar prison sentence. skydriver

5:43pm Wed 18 Dec 13

MrBlobby92 says...

Why do they have to offer a cash reward for someone to do the right thing....
Why do they have to offer a cash reward for someone to do the right thing.... MrBlobby92

9:26pm Wed 18 Dec 13

fireflier says...

When they find the really brave human being (scum) who knocked this chap down and then drove off ...... he should never, for the rest of his natural life, be allowed to see the inside of a motor le ever again!
When they find the really brave human being (scum) who knocked this chap down and then drove off ...... he should never, for the rest of his natural life, be allowed to see the inside of a motor le ever again! fireflier

9:38pm Wed 18 Dec 13

hooplaa says...

You killed someone
You killed someone hooplaa

10:29am Thu 19 Dec 13

Sir Beachy Head says...

skydriver wrote:
The police had a good result in finding the nasty driver from Kent who killed Jade in Ringwood, they will get you too , best you come forward now, unless you want to get a similar prison sentence.
They had some damaged volvo bits from the road to work with on that case which showed the colour/age etc
There might be no clues at the scene on this one. Usually when the police say something like "We will find you" it means they have run out of ideas.
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: The police had a good result in finding the nasty driver from Kent who killed Jade in Ringwood, they will get you too , best you come forward now, unless you want to get a similar prison sentence.[/p][/quote]They had some damaged volvo bits from the road to work with on that case which showed the colour/age etc There might be no clues at the scene on this one. Usually when the police say something like "We will find you" it means they have run out of ideas. Sir Beachy Head

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