Police still hunting 'selfish' hit-and-run killer of pensioner Chris Colegate

Bournemouth Echo: TRAGIC: Flowers left at the scene of the accident which killed Christopher Colegate TRAGIC: Flowers left at the scene of the accident which killed Christopher 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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8:20am Fri 3 Jan 14

adspacebroker says...

Somebody must know the car and the driver who did this! I am amazed that if the driver has no morals someone else who knows them doesn't either and could be £2,000 better off, this was someones loving father/grandfather! Driver: you should be mindful of how thorough the Police were in looking for and FINDING the driver who killed Jade Clark! I hope and am sure they will find you. I am sure some of you social media experts out there can push this story around.
Somebody must know the car and the driver who did this! I am amazed that if the driver has no morals someone else who knows them doesn't either and could be £2,000 better off, this was someones loving father/grandfather! Driver: you should be mindful of how thorough the Police were in looking for and FINDING the driver who killed Jade Clark! I hope and am sure they will find you. I am sure some of you social media experts out there can push this story around. adspacebroker

8:41am Fri 3 Jan 14

bsjc1234 says...

Am message to the driver – We know you are reading this, you will want to know what the latest information is and if the police are any way nearer identifying you, just remember one thing, the police are not stupid they will find you, it is better to come forward now and avoid that shiver every time someone knocks your front door, please do the decent thing.
Am message to the driver – We know you are reading this, you will want to know what the latest information is and if the police are any way nearer identifying you, just remember one thing, the police are not stupid they will find you, it is better to come forward now and avoid that shiver every time someone knocks your front door, please do the decent thing. bsjc1234

10:50am Fri 3 Jan 14

shaft says...

Smells like the culprit is an already disqualified driver or drink driver – the police will catch this person is the end.
Local residents reading this sad story need to think did I see a neighbour on this date parking up with maybe damage to the car that wasn’t there the day before or maybe a neighbour has unusually parked their car in their garage not to be seen again.
Smells like the culprit is an already disqualified driver or drink driver – the police will catch this person is the end. Local residents reading this sad story need to think did I see a neighbour on this date parking up with maybe damage to the car that wasn’t there the day before or maybe a neighbour has unusually parked their car in their garage not to be seen again. shaft

4:47pm Fri 3 Jan 14

HollyStar says...

I am a resident of this road, the lighting is poor the parking is horrendous and youngsters use this road as a race track! On a daily basis cars fly down here! There are children on this road, something needs to be done! To the driver local residents are now more vigilant and they will find you!! Someone knows something!!
I am a resident of this road, the lighting is poor the parking is horrendous and youngsters use this road as a race track! On a daily basis cars fly down here! There are children on this road, something needs to be done! To the driver local residents are now more vigilant and they will find you!! Someone knows something!! HollyStar

4:53pm Fri 3 Jan 14

wilkiemini says...

It's only a matter of time until they catch you and you must be feeling terrible guilt, a secret like that is a hard one to carry alone....does anyone else know, was it just the driver in the car or did they have a passenger?
Just give yourself up and deal with it .....how can you stand it knowing that any minute they will come knocking at your door?
It's only a matter of time until they catch you and you must be feeling terrible guilt, a secret like that is a hard one to carry alone....does anyone else know, was it just the driver in the car or did they have a passenger? Just give yourself up and deal with it .....how can you stand it knowing that any minute they will come knocking at your door? wilkiemini

5:07pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Rabbitman64 says...

adspacebroker wrote:
Somebody must know the car and the driver who did this! I am amazed that if the driver has no morals someone else who knows them doesn't either and could be £2,000 better off, this was someones loving father/grandfather! Driver: you should be mindful of how thorough the Police were in looking for and FINDING the driver who killed Jade Clark! I hope and am sure they will find you. I am sure some of you social media experts out there can push this story around.
Unfortunately in our society, few people at the top seem to have any morals, so iI can't imagine that a person who has done this horrible act is going to have morals? The individual is very likely to go to prison and so believes that there is a better chance of getting away with it!
[quote][p][bold]adspacebroker[/bold] wrote: Somebody must know the car and the driver who did this! I am amazed that if the driver has no morals someone else who knows them doesn't either and could be £2,000 better off, this was someones loving father/grandfather! Driver: you should be mindful of how thorough the Police were in looking for and FINDING the driver who killed Jade Clark! I hope and am sure they will find you. I am sure some of you social media experts out there can push this story around.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately in our society, few people at the top seem to have any morals, so iI can't imagine that a person who has done this horrible act is going to have morals? The individual is very likely to go to prison and so believes that there is a better chance of getting away with it! Rabbitman64

5:09pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Rabbitman64 says...

Rabbitman64 wrote:
adspacebroker wrote:
Somebody must know the car and the driver who did this! I am amazed that if the driver has no morals someone else who knows them doesn't either and could be £2,000 better off, this was someones loving father/grandfather! Driver: you should be mindful of how thorough the Police were in looking for and FINDING the driver who killed Jade Clark! I hope and am sure they will find you. I am sure some of you social media experts out there can push this story around.
Unfortunately in our society, few people at the top seem to have any morals, so iI can't imagine that a person who has done this horrible act is going to have morals? The individual is very likely to go to prison and so believes that there is a better chance of getting away with it!
If they don't come forward!
[quote][p][bold]Rabbitman64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adspacebroker[/bold] wrote: Somebody must know the car and the driver who did this! I am amazed that if the driver has no morals someone else who knows them doesn't either and could be £2,000 better off, this was someones loving father/grandfather! Driver: you should be mindful of how thorough the Police were in looking for and FINDING the driver who killed Jade Clark! I hope and am sure they will find you. I am sure some of you social media experts out there can push this story around.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately in our society, few people at the top seem to have any morals, so iI can't imagine that a person who has done this horrible act is going to have morals? The individual is very likely to go to prison and so believes that there is a better chance of getting away with it![/p][/quote]If they don't come forward! Rabbitman64

5:38pm Fri 3 Jan 14

nothingtofear says...

adspacebroker wrote:
Somebody must know the car and the driver who did this! I am amazed that if the driver has no morals someone else who knows them doesn't either and could be £2,000 better off, this was someones loving father/grandfather! Driver: you should be mindful of how thorough the Police were in looking for and FINDING the driver who killed Jade Clark! I hope and am sure they will find you. I am sure some of you social media experts out there can push this story around.
You are quite right to highlight the thoroughness of the Police when they searched for the driver who killed Jade Clark but on that occasion, they knew the exact make and model of the car that caused Jade's tragic death so it was only a matter of time before they apprehended the culprit. On this dreadful occasion however they only have a rough idea of the type of vehicle involved which must be making things ten times more difficult.

For the sake of Mr Colegate's family, I hope that I'm wrong but I'm beginning to fear that the Police may never catch the driver.
[quote][p][bold]adspacebroker[/bold] wrote: Somebody must know the car and the driver who did this! I am amazed that if the driver has no morals someone else who knows them doesn't either and could be £2,000 better off, this was someones loving father/grandfather! Driver: you should be mindful of how thorough the Police were in looking for and FINDING the driver who killed Jade Clark! I hope and am sure they will find you. I am sure some of you social media experts out there can push this story around.[/p][/quote]You are quite right to highlight the thoroughness of the Police when they searched for the driver who killed Jade Clark but on that occasion, they knew the exact make and model of the car that caused Jade's tragic death so it was only a matter of time before they apprehended the culprit. On this dreadful occasion however they only have a rough idea of the type of vehicle involved which must be making things ten times more difficult. For the sake of Mr Colegate's family, I hope that I'm wrong but I'm beginning to fear that the Police may never catch the driver. nothingtofear

6:42pm Fri 3 Jan 14

fireflier says...

Times going on and, WHEN the Police do catch this unfeeling oike ...he should be hung out to dry.

Driving ....for you sir? NEVER AGAIN!
Times going on and, WHEN the Police do catch this unfeeling oike ...he should be hung out to dry. Driving ....for you sir? NEVER AGAIN! fireflier

9:39pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Huey says...

It will be a Peter Chen type driver
It will be a Peter Chen type driver Huey

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