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Man in critical condition after hit-and-run

Police have released footage showing the moment a father of three was struck by a car which then failed to stop in Birmingham, as the hunt continues for the driver.

Emergency services were called to Piers Road just after 10.20pm on the 19th of October and found the man, aged 65, with serious head injuries lying in the road.

Seconds earlier, he had left a shop after attending prayers at a temple on the Soho Road in Handsworth.

In the CCTV released with the permission of the man's family, the vehicle can be seen turning into Piers Road as the victim crosses.

He is then struck at a relatively slow speed, but is knocked to the ground. He is motionless on the ground as the vehicle turns around and drives away.

The victim was taken to hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

Officers investigating believe the vehicle is a dark Renault Grand Scenic. They say that minutes before the crash the car turned onto Soho Road from Ivy Road and then right into Piers Road, where it struck the victim before turning around and driving back up the Soho Road towards West Bromwich.

West Midland Police's Sergeant Alan Wood, from the collision investigation unit, said:

The footage is obviously distressing but we and the family of the victim are hopeful that it will prompt the driver to do the right thing and contact us.

We suspect the driver may be someone who lives locally. We hope that someone in the community will know their identity and provide us with the information we need.

The family are devastated by what has happened and remain at the hospital bedside, and have asked for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time.

We have spoken to a number of people who witnessed the collision, but need to hear from anyone else who saw what happened or the movements of the vehicle at around the time of the incident."

– Sergeant Alan Wood - West Midlands Police