Progress in effort to solve road-death of 73-year-old pensioner

Police believe minute forensic samples left on the clothing of a pensioner - who died after being hit by a car in Smethwick last year - may lead them to fresh witnesses.

Police 'determined to know what happened' to pensioner

An officer from the Collision Investigation Unit at West Midlands Police has been speaking after they released CCTV footage of the vehicle believed to be involved in the hit-and-run death of 73-year-old Bill Fenton.

Sgt Paul Hughes said:

We have spent the last six months trying to find the person and vehicle which hit Bill. We have been in regular contact with Bill’s family and updated them at every stage of the investigation; we are determined to know what has happened to him in order to help his family come to terms with his death.

The vehicle may have damage to the front offside following the collision and may well have been repaired by now. We would continue to ask anyone with information about what happened that night to come forward and speak to us or Crimestoppers.

Police describe CCTV footage of car leaving hit-and-run

West Midlands Police have found paint samples from a blue Fiat Punto, believed to have hit 73-year-old Bill Fenton Credit: PA

West Midlands Police have described CCTV footage of two cars seen at the time of a hit-and-run which killed 73-year-old Bill Fenton.

They believe the drivers of the vehicles may have vital information.

Footage shows a blue Fiat Punto overtaking another car - possibly a Volvo XC60 - before driving along the wrong side of the road to the junction onto Bearwood Road where it turned right.

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Police looking for driver of 'Lido Blue' Fiat Punto

Forensic paint samples obtained from the scene of Bill Fenton's road death have been described as 'Lido Blue' and belong to a Fiat Punto with UK specifications, according to police.

They can also determine that the vehicle is a 2003-2006 model, narrowing their search down to just 6,178 cars.

Police have obtained paint samples belonging to a 'Lido Blue' coloured Fiat Punto from 2003-2006 Credit: PA

Detectives investigating the collision have tracked all Puntos matching that specification, registered in Smethwick, Dudley and Wolverhampton, as well as parts of Birmingham.

73-year-old Bill Fenton was killed after a hit-and-run collision back in November 2013 Credit: ITV News Central

Officers from West Midlands Police are appealing to garages that may recall working on a damaged vehicle of that description and have checked local scrapyards in a bid to identify such a car.

Forensic fragment could help unravel unsolved crime

Detectives believe that minute forensic samples left on the clothing of a pensioner - who died after being hit by a car in Smethwick last year - may help lead them to fresh witnesses.

73-year-old Bill Fenton was killed after a hit-and-run collision back in November 2013 Credit: ITV News Central

West Midlands Police force have been searching for clues ever since 73-year-old Bill Fenton was killed after a hit-and-run collision back in November 2013.

The incident happened in Beakes Road - at the junction with Stanhope Road - at 9.30pm on Saturday 23rd of that month.

Having extensively examined the scene, along with Mr Fenton's clothing, two paint samples - believed to belong to the car responsible - have been obtained.

One of the paint samples measures just 0.25mm long.

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New appeal a week after pensioner killed in hit-and-run

Crash investigators will be visiting Smethwick tonight as part of the hunt for a hit-and-run driver who left a pensioner for dead.

Bill Fenton, aged 73, died in hospital hours after he was found lying in Beakes Road with serious injuries. It is thought he was hit by a large vehicle such as a van or a 4x4.

Detectives investigating the incident say nobody has come forward so far to report the crash, and are revisiting the scene one week on in the hope somebody will remember seeing something.

Bill Fenton, aged 73, was left for dead after a crash in Smethwick last weekend
Bill Fenton, aged 73, was left for dead after a crash in Smethwick last weekend Credit: West Midlands Police

They will be in the area between 7.45pm and 10pm tonight.

Mr Fenton was found at around 9.30pm on Saturday November 23.

Sgt Paul Hughes, from West Midlands Police's collision investigation unit, said officers would be handing out leaflets as part of the appeal.

The leaflet features a picture of Bill and we would appeal to anyone who saw him that night to come forward and call me or one of my team.

I am especially keen to find out where this vehicle is – we believe that Bill may have been struck by a large vehicle, possibly a 4x4 car or a van.

The vehicle would have sustained serious damage so if anyone has noticed a neighbour, a family member or a friend’s car or van with new damage they can’t explain then call me.

I would also appeal to garage repairs owners to be wary of vehicles that are brought in with a large amount of damage.

You may think that your suspicions or information is insignificant, but I would say that this could be vital to our inquiry.

Whoever was driving must have known they had hit a person and I would appeal for them to come forward, this is your chance to tell your side of the story.