A cyclist airlifted to hospital following a crash on Sunday has died. 

The 58-year-old man was flown to Southampton General Hospital with life-threatening injuries following the collision near Wareham on Sunday at 6.10pm.

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said today: "It is with great sadness to report the 58-year-old male cyclist from Rayleigh in Essex, identified by his family as Richard Ellis, sadly passed away at Southampton General Hospital yesterday evening."

A 26-year-old woman from Portland, driving a black Nissan Almera, was also involved in the incident at Worgret Hill on the A352.

Officers are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Two air ambulances- one from Dorset and Somerset and the other from Wiltshire- attended the scene.

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: "At 6.10pm a serious injury road traffic collision occurred on the A351 Worgret Road, Wareham involving a car and a pedal cycle.

"A black Nissan Almera, driven by a 26-year-old female from Portland, collided with a pedal cycle ridden by a 58-year-old male from Essex, near to Worgret Manor.

Organisers have confirmed the cyclist wasn’t part of the Dorset Coast 207km race which took place on the same day.

Police Constable Tim Gooding, of Dorset Police’s traffic unit, said: “I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or the manner of driving or riding prior to the collision to contact Dorset Police.”

The road remained closed at Worgret roundabout and Puddletown Road for several hours while emergency serices dealt with the incident.

Officers thanked members of the public for their patience during the road closure and appealed for any witnesses to contact them on 101 quoting incident number 03:316.

No arrests have been made in relation to the collision.