Urgent appeal for witnesses after A35 ‘hit and run’


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Police say elderly pedestrian may never fully recover from his injuries following Chideock collision

Traffic police have issued an urgent appeal for witnesses following an apparent hit and run accident which left an elderly man severely injured alongside the A35.

In the early hours of Sunday, February 3, the 79-year-old Bridport man was found at Chideock Hill with serious injuries.

His injuries are thought to have been caused by a collision with a motor vehicle but the motorist did not stop to assist.

Police Sergeant Jon Wren, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: “The injuries the victim sustained are very severe and are likely to seriously affect him for the rest of his life.

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“Because of the time the incident occurred the motorist might have had the impression that an animal rather than a human was hit.

“I would therefore like to speak to anyone who has been in collision with anything and however small along this road during that night.

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“I urge the driver in question to do the right thing and speak with the police.

“I am also appealing for witnesses to the collision as I need to establish what exactly happened.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 03:136. Alternatively, they can call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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