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Man arrested over alleged hit-and-run in Lancashire

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Police have named a man who died after an alleged hit-and-run in Lancashire.

He was Michael Meekins, 63, from Fleetwood, who had been out for an evening walk with his wife after celebrating her birthday.

Michael Meekins Credit: Lancashire

It happened last night (Tuesday, January 24) at around 8.35pm on Princes Way near to the Cadets Centre and Fleetwood Golf Club when a car collided with a pedestrian.

A 23 year old man from Fleetwood has today come forward and been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs. He is currently in custody.

“This is a tragic incident involving the very sad death of a man and my thoughts remain with his family and friends at this time.

“Our investigation is on-going and we have made an arrest and recovered a vehicle. We have also stepped up patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the local community.

“We are still very keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information about what happened and has not yet spoken to us.

“We no longer need to trace the old style BMW that was seen travelling up and down Princes Way earlier on in the evening but we are still trying to find the drivers of two other vehicles that were seen in the vicinity of the collision and we would urge them to come forward as soon as possible.

“We are interested in speaking to the driver of a blue coloured hatchback, possibly a Vauxhall Astra, which stopped but left the scene before police arrived.

“We also want to talk to the driver of a silver or grey Ford Focus that passed close to the ambulance at the scene on nearby Chatsworth Avenue shortly after the incident.

“The drivers of these vehicles may hold vital information that could assist with our investigation and we would urge them to contact us at their earliest opportunity.”

– DI Alisa Wilson of Blackpool Police
  • Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 1358 of 24thJanuary.
  • Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.