Gillingham row: Man killed by car 'used as weapon'

Hit-and-run scene The argument involved two men in a Ford Mondeo and two pedestrians

A 33-year-old man has died after being run down by a car following an argument at a road junction in Kent.

John Hedges, from Gillingham, was left critically injured after a green Ford Mondeo was deliberately driven at him in the town's Castlemaine Avenue.

He had been walking with a friend after the row with the two men in the car, which was driven through railings to hit him at 20:50 GMT on Thursday.

Kent Police said his death was being treated as murder.

The other man was unhurt and ran to raise the alarm at a nearby badminton club.

Mr Hedges, who was also known as John O'Donohue, was trapped underneath the stolen estate car, which Det Ch Insp Jon Clayden said was used as a weapon.

'Arranged to meet'

"It appears to have been a dispute between Mr Hedges and his friend and two other people," said Mr Clayden.

"My gut instinct suggests that they knew each other and had probably arranged to meet."

The men in the car were described as dark-skinned, in their 20s and wearing casual clothes.

Castlemaine Avenue and Grange Road were closed until about 05:00 on Friday.

Any witnesses to the attack are asked to contact police.

"CCTV footage shows a lot of people in cars and on foot who would have seen the altercation that started down by Grange Road," said Mr Clayden.

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