New Appeal To Find Poole Grandad's Hit And Run Killer

12 December 2014, 07:10

A year after a grandad was killed in a hit and run in Poole - police are making a fresh appeal for help to find the car involved.

69-year-old Christopher Colegate was knocked down at the junction of Darby's Lane and Heath Avenue on Friday 13 December 2013, and died in Poole Hospital.

The vehicle involved in the collision failed to stop at the scene. Even after very extensive enquiries, the investigation has so far not been able to establish who was responsible for Mr Colegate's death.

Speaking earlier this year, Inspector Matt Butler, of the Dorset Police Traffic Unit, said:

"Mr Colegate was crossing Heath Avenue at the junction of Darby's Lane when he was struck by a car that failed to stop.
"We are now able to confirm that the car featured in previously released CCTV travelling along Heath Avenue was a VW Golf Mark 4, which was made between 1998 and 2005. Heath Avenue is a road that would not normally be used by anyone travelling a long distance so we believe that the driver of the car was local to the area.
"We have already examined a number of VW Golfs that have been subject to repair since the collision, but I now ask anyone who knows someone who owned a VW Golf Mark 4 last December that may have been damaged or disposed of to call us on 101.

"Similarly if you know anyone who owns a VW Golf who may have been behaving unusually in the weeks after the collision, please call us.
"We believe the VW Golf involved in this collision was light-coloured and either three-door or five-door."
A reward of £10,000 is being offered by Dorset Police and the Crimestoppers charity for information leading to the conviction of the driver involved in the collision. 

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101.