Police still hunting 'selfish' hit-and-run killer of pensioner Chris Colegate (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Police still hunting 'selfish' hit-and-run killer of pensioner Chris Colegate
THE “selfish” killer of frail pensioner Christopher Colegate is still being hunted by police – three weeks after his tragic death.
Now the Mayor of Poole, Cllr Philip Eades, is the latest person to urge the driver to come forward and he described the tragic incident as “every family’s worst nightmare”.
Disabled grandfather Mr Colegate died from multiple injuries after being struck by a hit and run driver in Poole on Friday December 13 – three weeks ago this evening.
Rewards of £2,000 have been offered for information which leads officers to the driver, who left 69-year-old Mr Colegate lying in the road with fatal injuries.
The collision took place at the junction of Darby’s Lane and Heath Avenue and police were alerted by a member of the public at 7.25pm.
Mr Colegate was suffering from injuries described as “significant” and later died in Poole Hospital.
Mayor Cllr Eades said: “It is every family’s worst nightmare; that something like this could happen completely out of the blue.
“They don’t know what happened and that is a horrific situation. The chances are the driver is local and that somebody else knows who it is.
“I would urge anybody with even the slightest bit of information to come forward and contact the police.”
Mr Colegate’s family appealed for the driver to “do the right thing” and come forward when they appeared at a press conference.
His widow, Freda, and their daughters, Tash Motton and Rachel Hayward, said the ache in their hearts would never go away but said the driver coming forward would give them a small crumb of comfort.
“The collision itself may have been a genuine accident but we are all struggling to come to terms with the fact that the driver did not stop” said Rachel.
“The driver could have gone to his aid, could have called for help but instead thought only of themselves and selfishly fled the scene.”
And friends at Oakdale Conservative Club, where Mr Colegate was going when the accident took place, offered a reward of £1,000, to match that already offered by Crimestoppers.
Do the right thing and call us’ urge police
Chief Inspector Tim Lumley, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: “Our investigations continue and I am urging the driver involved in the collision to do the right thing and call us.
“Someone out there must know something. Has a friend, colleague or member of your family been acting suspiciously since Friday 13 December 2013? No matter how small, your information may be vital to our investigation.
“We know a number of vehicles were in the area at the time of the collision. The investigation has identified some of those vehicles and is close to identifying others.
“We would also like to trace a male pedestrian walking along Darby’s Lane toward Johnston Road who passed Mr Colegate shortly before the collision. This pedestrian was wearing a grey hooded top with the hood up.
“If you live in Johnston Road, Dale Valley Road, Oakdale Road or Stanley Green Road and have not already been in contact with the police but have home CCTV which may have recorded the road early evening of Friday 13 December 2013 we are keen to hear from you.”
Call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 13:478. Or call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.
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