Dorset

Fatal Poole hit-and-run CCTV released in hunt for car

  • 7 February 2014
  • From the section Dorset

CCTV of a car at the centre of an investigation into a hit-and-run crash which killed an elderly man in Poole has been released by police.

Christopher Colegate, 69, was left fatally injured in Darby's Lane, at the junction of Heath Avenue, at 19:25 GMT on 13 December.

He was taken to Poole Hospital, where he later died.

Insp Matt Butler, of Dorset Police's traffic unit, said the car was "significant" to the investigation.

"Christopher Colegate's death has devastated his family and the local community," he added.

"I urge the driver involved in this collision to do the right thing and call us. This will not go away.

"The information you have may be the missing piece of the jigsaw."

Photo of Christopher Colegate with his granddaughter taken six or seven years ago
Christopher Colegate's family said the 69-year-old enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren

Insp Butler said the vehicle was seen travelling along Heath Avenue in the direction of Wimborne Road shortly after the collision.

Mr Colegate was frail, walked with a distinctive stoop and used two walking sticks to aid his mobility.

The grandfather was walking to meet with friends at the Oakdale Conservative Club when he was struck.

Events 're-lived'

Mr Colegate's daughters, Tash Motton and Rachel Hayward, said finding the person responsible would "bring some crumb of comfort."

"It's been eight weeks since our dad was taken from us and the pain we are feeling still hasn't gone away," Ms Motton added.

"Every Friday we re-live the events of that night.

"We missed him dearly at Christmas and on 26 January we should have been celebrating his 70th birthday, but two days earlier we said goodbye to him at his funeral."

She asked the driver to have the "decency to put a stop to this uncertainty" and call the police.

The Crimestoppers charity has offered a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to an arrest and charge.

Oakdale Conservative Club, where Mr Colegate was a regular, has also offered an additional reward of £1,000.

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