Appeal After Fatal Dorset Crash

3 August 2011, 12:15 | Updated: 3 August 2011, 12:21

Police are renewing their appeal for witnesses after a fatal crash near Christchurch.

Richard James Turner, a 35-year-old retail employee from Brockenhurst, died at the scene after the accident on the A35 along Roeshot Hill at approximately 4.20pm on Monday, 25 July. 

He had been driving a red Mini in the eastbound direction when he lost control of the vehicle which crossed to the offside of the road and collided with a tree.

Inspector Matt Butler, of the Traffic Unit, said: "We have already spoken to a number of witnesses who have described seeing a silver car and a white Ford Transit van.

“Both of these vehicles were on Roeshott Hill at the time of the collision and were travelling towards Lyndhurst, which is the
same direction Mr Turner's red Mini was travelling.

“We think that the drivers may be witnesses to the collision and would like to speak with them both.

“I would urge the occupants of the silver car and white Ford Transit and anyone who saw the collision or any of the vehicles described to contact police urgently as they may have vital information that could assist the investigation.”

An inquest into the death of Richard James Turner was opened and adjourned on Wednesday, 27 July 2011.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 or 01305 22 22 22 quoting incident number 25:361. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.