Murder investigation launched following hit and run

Kent Police have launched a murder inquiry following a fatal hit and run in Gillingham

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Murder investigation launched following hit and run

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a man who was left in a critical collision following a fail-to-stop road traffic collision has died in hospital.

Kent Police was called at 8.50pm on Thursday 23 January to the collision in Castlemaine Avenue, Gillingham.

It is believed the occupants of a green Ford Mondeo Estate were involved in a dispute with two pedestrians at the junction with Grange Road.

The pedestrians, both male, walked off down Castlemaine Avenue.

The Mondeo drove down the road towards them and came into collision with one of the men.

The other was unharmed and ran to raise the alarm at a nearby badminton club.

The occupants of the vehicle, ran away. The victim, John Hedges, 33 from Gillingham, was taken to a London hospital to deal with his injuries and died earlier today.

My team of detectives have been carrying out a number of enquiries throughout the night and into today. We believe there were people who might have seen two groups of men having an argument at the junction with Grange Road. It appears the incident stemmed from that and I’d urge anyone that might have seen or heard what happened just before 8.50pm yesterday, to call us immediately. We are building up a picture of the events of that night and any information witnesses might have, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could prove important in our investigation.’

– Detective Inspector Ivan Beasley

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