Heartbroken family of hit and run pensioner Chris Colegate appeal for driver to have "courage and decency"

Bournemouth Echo: Heartbroken: Chris Colgate's widow Freda Colgate and daughters Tash Motton and Rachel Hayward make public appeal for driver Heartbroken: Chris Colgate's widow Freda Colgate and daughters Tash Motton and Rachel Hayward make public appeal for driver

THE heartbroken family of a disabled pensioner killed in a hit and run crash in Poole has appealed to the driver to have the “courage and decency” to come forward.

Chris Colegate died after being found seriously injured in the road at the junction of Darby's Lane and Heath Avenue at 7.25pm on Friday December 13.

His wife Freda and daughters Tash Motton and Rachel Hayward said the ache in their hearts would never go away but that the driver coming forward would give them a small crumb of comfort.

Rachel said: “The collision itself may have been a genuine accident but we are all struggling to come to terms with the fact that the driver of the car did not stop following the collision.

“The driver could have gone to his aid, could have called for help but instead thought only of themselves and selfishly fled the scene.”

The 69-year-old, who used two walking sticks, was making his way to the Oakdale Conservative Club when he was struck by a car which failed to stop.

His daughter Tash said: “Now without dad, there will be unopened presents under the tree. We now live with the knowledge that every Christmas is going to be a reminder of this tragic incident.

“The ache in our hearts will never go away.

“If you were the driver or know who the driver is please have the courage and decency to come forward and contact the police.

“It won't bring dad back but it would give us a small crumb of comfort and help us come to terms with what has happened.”

Officers investigating the hit-and-run crash that killed a Poole grandfather last week have released details of three cars they're hoping to trace.

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

Sergeant Stuart Pitman 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 will find you.”

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12:21pm Fri 20 Dec 13

suzigirl says...

Name and shame!
Name and shame! suzigirl

2:03pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Turtlebay says...

"Officers...have released details of three cars they're hoping to trace."

Where are the details posted?
"Officers...have released details of three cars they're hoping to trace." Where are the details posted? Turtlebay

3:22pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Ash_69 says...

From Dorset Police website - Not a lot to go on I'm afraid.
"Police Sergeant Stuart Pitman, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: “I am still keen to speak to the drivers of three vehicles that were seen in the area at the time of the collision. A silver family sized saloon/hatchback car travelling in Darby’s Lane toward Johnston Road, 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 toward Wimborne Road at speed. I urge these drivers to please come forward so we can eliminate you from the investigation.”
From Dorset Police website - Not a lot to go on I'm afraid. "Police Sergeant Stuart Pitman, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: “I am still keen to speak to the drivers of three vehicles that were seen in the area at the time of the collision. A silver family sized saloon/hatchback car travelling in Darby’s Lane toward Johnston Road, 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 toward Wimborne Road at speed. I urge these drivers to please come forward so we can eliminate you from the investigation.” Ash_69

6:39pm Fri 20 Dec 13

big_afcb_fan says...

check all the repair sprayers in the area, and catch this cretin
check all the repair sprayers in the area, and catch this cretin big_afcb_fan

1:04pm Sat 21 Dec 13

we-shall-see says...

I so feel for this family. I grew up with their daughters and can say Chris was such a lovely man. He didn't deserve to die this way and after the awful things the family have gone through this year, I sincerely hope the driver will come forward to give them a little closure before Christmas.

RIP Chris and continued good health Freda xxx
I so feel for this family. I grew up with their daughters and can say Chris was such a lovely man. He didn't deserve to die this way and after the awful things the family have gone through this year, I sincerely hope the driver will come forward to give them a little closure before Christmas. RIP Chris and continued good health Freda xxx we-shall-see

1:12pm Sat 21 Dec 13

retry69 says...

We can only hope as time goes by that someone may question why a certain person is not using their vehicle and perhaps not seen it for a while,a penny may then drop and the scum may then be caught.I cannot imagine what the family must be going through but I know you will be in my thoughts at this painful time .
We can only hope as time goes by that someone may question why a certain person is not using their vehicle and perhaps not seen it for a while,a penny may then drop and the scum may then be caught.I cannot imagine what the family must be going through but I know you will be in my thoughts at this painful time . retry69

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