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