Police have not yet been able to identify the man's next of kin after 'fail to stop' in Christchurch

UPDATE: Mystery of man who is 'fighting for life' after alleged hit and run on rural road

Man found unconscious following 'hit and run' in Christchurch

Man found unconscious following 'hit and run' in Christchurch

Man found unconscious following 'hit and run' in Christchurch

Man found unconscious following 'hit and run' in Christchurch

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A MAN is 'fighting for his life' after an apparent hit and run on a rural track in Christchurch.

Police don't yet know how the man came to be lying in Dudmoor Farm Road, near the junction with Fairmile Road, but suspect a fail to stop collision.

Officers were called by the ambulance service to a the isolated stretch just after midday on Monday.

They have not yet been able to identify the victim, who wasn't carrying identification at the time he was struck.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital suffering with serious head injuries.

Sergeant Nikki Burt of Dorset Police said: "We were alerted to the scene by the ambulance service just after midday.

"A male has been admitted to the neurological department at Southampton Hospital with serious head injuries. CSI and collision investigation are on the scene.

"We really don't know what has happened and are appealing for any witnesses in the area at around noon to contact us.

"Marsh Lane remains closed but there is an alternative route for those needing access. We will re-open the road as soon as we can. "

A spokesperson for the South Western Ambulance Service said: “Crews were called to Dudmoor Farm Road at approximately 11.50am.

“One casualty, suffering with a head injury, was conveyed to hospital.”

He added that the man had been suffering with a “cut to the head”.

Councillor Susan Spittle, of St Catherine's and Hurn ward, said: “I'm absolutely shocked to hear this awful news.

“I'm very puzzled too. It's a very rutted, potholed road, and so it's hard to get up to any real speed. It's very sad to hear that somebody has been badly hurt.”

Inspector Matt Butler of Dorset Police's traffic unit was at the scene for much of the day, along with a number of detectives wearing plain clothes.

A pair of blue high-top trainers left at the scene were recovered by officers.

John Williams, who lives nearby, said: “It's become a really dodgy area in recent years and it doesn't surprise me that something has happened and so many police are involved.”

Margaret Thompson, whose house backs on to Marsh Lane, said more than two hours after the incident that she was unable to move her car because of the police cordons.

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “I think the paramedics must have been working on the injured man for a while because the ambulance seemed to be there for a very long time.”

A spokesperson from Dorset Police said anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 101, quoting reference number 145 of 31/3.

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3:21pm Mon 31 Mar 14

hamworthygirl says...

Yet another hit and run lets hope they find the culprit it. If they do its about time the law was changed to make sure they receive a harsh punishment.
Yet another hit and run lets hope they find the culprit it. If they do its about time the law was changed to make sure they receive a harsh punishment. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 22

4:37pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Bournemouth87 says...

How can people hit someone in there car and then drive off not knowing if that person is alive or dead. Speeding or diving slow it makes no odds, stop and help that poor person and deal with the consequernces later. I think any hit and run should match the sentance of death by dangerous driving. That way perhapes more lifes will be saved if people do not drive off and then just get done for speeding. I hope the man makes a full recovery asap
How can people hit someone in there car and then drive off not knowing if that person is alive or dead. Speeding or diving slow it makes no odds, stop and help that poor person and deal with the consequernces later. I think any hit and run should match the sentance of death by dangerous driving. That way perhapes more lifes will be saved if people do not drive off and then just get done for speeding. I hope the man makes a full recovery asap Bournemouth87
  • Score: 16

5:11pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Benagain says...

Bournemouth87 wrote:
How can people hit someone in there car and then drive off not knowing if that person is alive or dead. Speeding or diving slow it makes no odds, stop and help that poor person and deal with the consequernces later. I think any hit and run should match the sentance of death by dangerous driving. That way perhapes more lifes will be saved if people do not drive off and then just get done for speeding. I hope the man makes a full recovery asap
Their car.
[quote][p][bold]Bournemouth87[/bold] wrote: How can people hit someone in there car and then drive off not knowing if that person is alive or dead. Speeding or diving slow it makes no odds, stop and help that poor person and deal with the consequernces later. I think any hit and run should match the sentance of death by dangerous driving. That way perhapes more lifes will be saved if people do not drive off and then just get done for speeding. I hope the man makes a full recovery asap[/p][/quote]Their car. Benagain
  • Score: -26

5:29pm Mon 31 Mar 14

breamoreboy says...

Bournemouth87 wrote:
How can people hit someone in there car and then drive off not knowing if that person is alive or dead. Speeding or diving slow it makes no odds, stop and help that poor person and deal with the consequernces later. I think any hit and run should match the sentance of death by dangerous driving. That way perhapes more lifes will be saved if people do not drive off and then just get done for speeding. I hope the man makes a full recovery asap
Can somebody explain why we have murder and manslaughter laws, but when the weapon is a car it becomes causing death by dangerous driving?
[quote][p][bold]Bournemouth87[/bold] wrote: How can people hit someone in there car and then drive off not knowing if that person is alive or dead. Speeding or diving slow it makes no odds, stop and help that poor person and deal with the consequernces later. I think any hit and run should match the sentance of death by dangerous driving. That way perhapes more lifes will be saved if people do not drive off and then just get done for speeding. I hope the man makes a full recovery asap[/p][/quote]Can somebody explain why we have murder and manslaughter laws, but when the weapon is a car it becomes causing death by dangerous driving? breamoreboy
  • Score: 17

6:41pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Wesoblind says...

Councillor Susan Spittle is obviously not in touch with goings on round there, its a white van racetrack! Maybe this is a wake up call Councillor Susan Spittle to not sweep this problem away as all your voters live on the other side of the hill!
Councillor Susan Spittle is obviously not in touch with goings on round there, its a white van racetrack! Maybe this is a wake up call Councillor Susan Spittle to not sweep this problem away as all your voters live on the other side of the hill! Wesoblind
  • Score: 20

8:58pm Mon 31 Mar 14

mgibbs says...

breamoreboy wrote:
Bournemouth87 wrote:
How can people hit someone in there car and then drive off not knowing if that person is alive or dead. Speeding or diving slow it makes no odds, stop and help that poor person and deal with the consequernces later. I think any hit and run should match the sentance of death by dangerous driving. That way perhapes more lifes will be saved if people do not drive off and then just get done for speeding. I hope the man makes a full recovery asap
Can somebody explain why we have murder and manslaughter laws, but when the weapon is a car it becomes causing death by dangerous driving?
A murder conviction requires that the killing be deliberate, and with malice. A manslaughter conviction requires either intent to cause harm, or an act of deliberate recklessness. Death by Dangerous Driving only requires that a persons standard of driving was such that it was likely to cause a danger to other road users, whether deliberate or accidental, and does not require any intent to cause harm. As such, it is much easier to convict on this charge, as it would usually be extremely difficult for the police to show that the driver responsible acted with intent to harm, or was deliberately reckless. That is the reason that Death by Dangerous Driving was introduced as a separate offence.
[quote][p][bold]breamoreboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bournemouth87[/bold] wrote: How can people hit someone in there car and then drive off not knowing if that person is alive or dead. Speeding or diving slow it makes no odds, stop and help that poor person and deal with the consequernces later. I think any hit and run should match the sentance of death by dangerous driving. That way perhapes more lifes will be saved if people do not drive off and then just get done for speeding. I hope the man makes a full recovery asap[/p][/quote]Can somebody explain why we have murder and manslaughter laws, but when the weapon is a car it becomes causing death by dangerous driving?[/p][/quote]A murder conviction requires that the killing be deliberate, and with malice. A manslaughter conviction requires either intent to cause harm, or an act of deliberate recklessness. Death by Dangerous Driving only requires that a persons standard of driving was such that it was likely to cause a danger to other road users, whether deliberate or accidental, and does not require any intent to cause harm. As such, it is much easier to convict on this charge, as it would usually be extremely difficult for the police to show that the driver responsible acted with intent to harm, or was deliberately reckless. That is the reason that Death by Dangerous Driving was introduced as a separate offence. mgibbs
  • Score: 3

9:51pm Mon 31 Mar 14

MotorbikeSam says...

mgibbs wrote:
breamoreboy wrote:
Bournemouth87 wrote:
How can people hit someone in there car and then drive off not knowing if that person is alive or dead. Speeding or diving slow it makes no odds, stop and help that poor person and deal with the consequernces later. I think any hit and run should match the sentance of death by dangerous driving. That way perhapes more lifes will be saved if people do not drive off and then just get done for speeding. I hope the man makes a full recovery asap
Can somebody explain why we have murder and manslaughter laws, but when the weapon is a car it becomes causing death by dangerous driving?
A murder conviction requires that the killing be deliberate, and with malice. A manslaughter conviction requires either intent to cause harm, or an act of deliberate recklessness. Death by Dangerous Driving only requires that a persons standard of driving was such that it was likely to cause a danger to other road users, whether deliberate or accidental, and does not require any intent to cause harm. As such, it is much easier to convict on this charge, as it would usually be extremely difficult for the police to show that the driver responsible acted with intent to harm, or was deliberately reckless. That is the reason that Death by Dangerous Driving was introduced as a separate offence.
Death by Dangerous Driving is notoriously hard to prove, more is the pity.
many have been killed on dorsets roads adno one s charged with DbDD.
If a charge of Death by Dangerous Driving cant be brought against Jade Clarkes killer then it is unlikely to be used by the CPS..
[quote][p][bold]mgibbs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]breamoreboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bournemouth87[/bold] wrote: How can people hit someone in there car and then drive off not knowing if that person is alive or dead. Speeding or diving slow it makes no odds, stop and help that poor person and deal with the consequernces later. I think any hit and run should match the sentance of death by dangerous driving. That way perhapes more lifes will be saved if people do not drive off and then just get done for speeding. I hope the man makes a full recovery asap[/p][/quote]Can somebody explain why we have murder and manslaughter laws, but when the weapon is a car it becomes causing death by dangerous driving?[/p][/quote]A murder conviction requires that the killing be deliberate, and with malice. A manslaughter conviction requires either intent to cause harm, or an act of deliberate recklessness. Death by Dangerous Driving only requires that a persons standard of driving was such that it was likely to cause a danger to other road users, whether deliberate or accidental, and does not require any intent to cause harm. As such, it is much easier to convict on this charge, as it would usually be extremely difficult for the police to show that the driver responsible acted with intent to harm, or was deliberately reckless. That is the reason that Death by Dangerous Driving was introduced as a separate offence.[/p][/quote]Death by Dangerous Driving is notoriously hard to prove, more is the pity. many have been killed on dorsets roads adno one s charged with DbDD. If a charge of Death by Dangerous Driving cant be brought against Jade Clarkes killer then it is unlikely to be used by the CPS.. MotorbikeSam
  • Score: 3

8:20am Tue 1 Apr 14

Carolyn43 says...

Could it have been someone dumped out of a vehicle?
Could it have been someone dumped out of a vehicle? Carolyn43
  • Score: 13

9:07am Wed 2 Apr 14

nobull says...

Wesoblind wrote:
Councillor Susan Spittle is obviously not in touch with goings on round there, its a white van racetrack! Maybe this is a wake up call Councillor Susan Spittle to not sweep this problem away as all your voters live on the other side of the hill!
I thought this was a dead end. How can it be a race tack?
[quote][p][bold]Wesoblind[/bold] wrote: Councillor Susan Spittle is obviously not in touch with goings on round there, its a white van racetrack! Maybe this is a wake up call Councillor Susan Spittle to not sweep this problem away as all your voters live on the other side of the hill![/p][/quote]I thought this was a dead end. How can it be a race tack? nobull
  • Score: -1

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