Poole 'witness' BMW sought by police after fatal hit-and-run

Dorset Police
Image caption Dorset Police said the driver of this silver BMW car would have "witnessed some of the incident" in Poole

Police investigating a fatal hit-and-run in Poole have released an image of a car they want to trace.

Christopher Colegate, 69, was left fatally injured in Darby's Lane, at the junction of Heath Avenue, after the crash on 13 December.

He was taken to Poole Hospital but died a short time later.

Police are now asking the driver of a silver BMW car, who is believed to have witnessed part of the collision, to come forward.

'Not a suspect'

"I believe this vehicle is a silver BMW 3 series manufactured between March 1998 and February 2006," said Sgt Stuart Pitman from Dorset Police's traffic unit.

"This BMW was in the immediate area of the collision scene at the time and I am convinced the driver would have witnessed some of the incident.

"I wish to make it clear that I believe this to be a witness not a suspect."

Image caption Christopher Colegate, who lived in Poole, used two walking sticks and was described as frail

Mr Pitman said the car drove along Wimborne Road, away from the town centre, turning right into Dorchester Road in Oakdale then left into Darby's Lane.

The drivers of two other vehicles are still being urged to come forward: a Honda Civic-type vehicle and a medium sized light-coloured family car, travelling "at speed".

Mr Pitman said the force was also still trying to trace a male pedestrian in a grey hooded top, who passed Mr Colegate shortly before the crash.

Mr Colegate - who was described as frail - walked with a distinctive stoop and used two walking sticks to aid his mobility.

He was making his way to Oakdale Conservative Club in Darby's Lane in Poole when he was struck.

A £1,000 reward has been offered by Crimestoppers in return for information about the crash.

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