Man bailed after fatal crash near Bestival

A driver held over a fatal collision outside the Bestival music festival on the Isle of Wight has been bailed.

The driver was arrested after his Ford Focus collided with the 19-year-old pedestrian from Cornwall and a woman, 20, who suffered injuries, on Mersley Down Road after midnight on Saturday.

He was held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving but has since been bailed until 13 December.

Another man, thought to be a passenger in the car, was also arrested.

Potential witnesses

The 20-year-old, from Dyfed, Wales, was also placed on police bail until the same date as the driver, from West Sussex, pending further inquiries, a police spokesman said.

The pedestrian was taken to St Mary's Hospital in Newport where he was pronounced dead.

His next-of-kin have been informed but his body has not yet been formally identified. Police believe he attended the Bestival music event prior to the incident.

The woman, from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, did not suffer life-threatening injuries and was released from hospital later on Sunday.

Sgt Andy Lynch, of Hampshire police's road death investigation team, said: "Police are continuing to work with Bestival organisers to establish exactly how the people involved in the collision were connected to the music festival.

"We believe there were some motorists and potential witnesses who did not stop at the scene because they did not realise how serious the collision was at the time."

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