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Family appeal for hit & run driver to "do the right thing"

The widow and daughters of a man knocked down and left to die in the road are appealing to the hit and run driver to come forward. Christopher Colegate's family says the person responsible must search his or her conscience and "do the right thing."

69-year-old Mr Colegate was struck eight weeks ago - at the junction of Heath Avenue and Darby's Lane in Poole, Dorset. He later died from his injuries. Today, Dorset Police released new CCTV images of a car they want to trace. Martin Dowse reports.

Daughters of hit and run victim appeal for people to 'do the right thing'

The daughters of an elderly man who was killed after being hit by a car in Poole are urging people to 'do the right thing'.

Christopher Colegate, 69, from Poole, was tragically struck by a vehicle which failed to stop at the scene. He suffered significant injuries and was taken to Poole Hospital but sadly later died.

Christopher's daughters Tash Motton, and Rachel Hayward spoke to ITV Meridian.

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New CCTV released to help catch hit and run driver

Police have released new CCTV footage of a car they would like to trace in connection with a fatal traffic collision in Poole.

Christopher Colegate was killed when he was hit by a car on the junction of Darby's Lane and Heath Avenue in December. The sixty-nine year-old died later in hospital.

Inspector Matt Butler, of Dorset Police's Traffic Unit, said: "We believe this car is significant to our investigation, It was seen travelling along Heath Avenue in the direction of Wimborne Road shortly after the collision.

I would urge the owner of this car, or anyone who recognises it - to contact Dorset Police, in confidence, as soon as possible."

Man arrested after Hove hit and run

Police have arrested a 24-year-old London man and recovered a vehicle from a London address following a hit and run in Hove.

The incident happened at the junction of Church Road and Sackville Road in Hove at 11.09pm on Christmas Day.

The man has been released on bail until February while enquiries continue.

The collision involved a blue Skoda Octavia taxi and a silver Vauxhall Insignia, which left the scene.

A teenage boy who was a passenger in the taxi suffered serious head injuries and has since undergone surgery in an effort to save the sight in his right eye.

The taxi driver sustained minor injuries.

Club offers £1000 reward for hit and run appeal

A club in Poole, that the victim of a fatal hit and run was walking to when he died, has offered a £1000 reward for information to find the driver.

The renewed appeal comes after 69-year-old Chris Colegate was hit by a vehicle on Friday 13th December in Poole who failed to stop at the scene.

Mr Colegate was on his way to the Oakdale Conservative Club when he was hit and they have offered the reward money in the hope it will lead to the arrest of an offender.

Like the rest of the local community we are really saddened by this incident. Chris Colegate was a regular at the club and had many friends here. We all miss him dearly. We urge anyone with any information about this tragic collision to do the right thing and contact Dorset Police. No matter how small, your information could be the missing piece of the jigsaw.”

– Bob Barnes, chairman of Oakdale Conservative Club

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Serious eye injury for teen after hit and run

A 16-year-old boy had glass enter his eye following a hit and run in Brighton where his taxi collided with a car that sped off.

The boy was a front-seat passenger in the taxi which crashed shortly after 11pm on Christmas Day at the junction of Church Road and Sackville Road in Hove.

The blue Skoda taxi was travelling east to west along Church Road when a silver Vauxhall Insignia saloon travelling south to north along Sackville Road collided with its nearside.

The taxi went out of control and mounted the pavement.

The teenager from Southwick suffered head injuries, including glass fragments entering his eye and the driver suffered whiplash- both were taken to hospital by ambulance.

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact 101 or sightings of a badly damaged silver Vauxhall Insignia in the Hove area.

Police release image of hit and run car

The car wanted in connection with the death of Chris Colegate in Poole Credit: Dorset Police

Police are renewing their appeal for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following a fatal fail to stop collision – with details and an image of a vehicle they are keen to trace being released.

Christopher Colegate, 69, from Poole, was tragically struck by a vehicle which failed to stop at the scene. He suffered significant injuries and was taken to Poole Hospital but sadly later died.

Police Sergeant Stuart Pitman, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said:

“This BMW was in the immediate area of the collision scene at the time and I am convinced the driver would have witnessed some of the incident. I wish to make it clear that I believe this to be a witness not a suspect."

“And as we approach Christmas Day, I would urge the driver involved in this collision to do the right thing and call Dorset Police.”

The charity Crimestoppers has offered has offered a reward of up to £1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charge of an offender.

Family pays tribute to 'happy' hit and run victim

The family of Chris Colegate have paid tribute to the grandfather after he was hit by a vehicle in Poole on Friday 13th December.

Mr Colegate was frail and used two walking sticks to help him move around.

Mr Colegate was part of the Royal Navy and every year took his family to the Navy day in Portsmouth.

Our Dad was a popular character and the nature of his illness meant he was distinctive when out and about and his frailty obvious. Despite his chronic disabilities he remained independent and as active as possible.He was well-known in the community for his generous nature and happy disposition. He would do anything for his family and friends.He loved his grandchildren to bits and would do anything for them. Every year on her birthday, he made his granddaughter a number for her playhouse to reflect her age. It is her birthday on Christmas Day. She knows there will be no number eight this year.

– Mr Colegate's family
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