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CCTV released of car after woman is killed in a hit and run

Erika Prisacaru died in hospital from her injuries. Photo: Family Photograph

A woman killed in a hit and run in Dorchester has been named as Erika Prisacaru. She leaves behind her six-year-old son Andrei, who is being cared for by relatives.

On 27 December 2017 Dorset Police were called to The Grove after a car hit a pedestrian. Erika was taken to Dorset County Hospital but later died from her injuries.

Officers have released CCTV images of the car they believe hit Erika and failed to stop. The dark-coloured Audi A3 convertible was noticeably dirty and may have been driven by a black man, according to detectives.

Police were called just after quarter to eight on Wednesday 27 December 2017. Credit: Dorset Police

Detectives understand that the car went from Station Road into Brewery Square at around 7.40pm on Wednesday 27 December 2017.

The dark-coloured is believed to be an Audi A3. Credit: Dorset Police

It was in The Grove when Erika was hit and then the car returned to the Brewery Square area at 7.55pm.

Erika Prisacaru and her son Andrei. Credit: Family Photograph

In a statement Erika's family have pleaded with the driver to come forward.

On Wednesday 27 December 2017 Erika Prisacaru - much loved daughter of Maria and loving mother of six-year-old Andrei - was sadly hit by a car on The Grove, Dorchester.

The car driver did not stop and left Erika seriously injured, lying in the road. She was taken to hospital but sadly died of her injuries.

Words cannot describe how we feel. Our lives are destroyed and we feel empty and without hope.

We please ask the driver, or whoever knows who the driver is, to do the right thing and contact the police. We ask for privacy at this time of grief and mourning.

– Erika's family
Erika Prisacaru was 39 years old. Credit: Family Photograph

Officers are also asking anyone who might know who the driver is to contact Dorset Police.

It is possible that the owner of this car is local or they may have been visiting the Dorchester area over the festive period. If you know someone who drives a similar car and has been acting suspiciously since the collision, please call us.

A little boy has been left without a mother as a result of this collision and I would again appeal directly to the driver to please do the right thing and come forward. It is imperative we speak to you to establish what happened that night.

– Inspector Joe Pardey

A 24-year-old man from Dorchester, 36-year-old man from Piddlehinton and a 43-year-old man from Bristol who were arrested in relation to the incident were established to have not been involved in the collision and were released without charge.