Police investigate two fatal collisions

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TWO fatal collisions took place in the Dorchester area in the period between Christmas and New Year.

Officers have launched a direct plea to the driver of the vehicle that killed a woman in Dorchester to do the right thing and come forward.

Police were called at 7.46pm on Wednesday, December 27th, to reports of a collision between a pedestrian and a car on The Grove.

The 39-year-old female pedestrian from Dorchester was taken to Dorset County Hospital, but she sadly died from the injuries sustained. Her family are being supported by specially-trained officers.

A 24-year-old man from Dorchester, 36-year-old man from Piddlehinton and a 43-year-old man from Bristol were arrested in relation to the incident and have since been released without charge.

Inspector Joe Pardey, of Dorset Police’s traffic unit, said: “We have made large-scale enquiries into the incident and based on the information immediately available at the time, three people were arrested in connection with the collision.

“Following further enquiries, it has been established that their vehicles were not involved in the incident and they have been released without charge.

“I am making a direct plea to the driver of the vehicle that collided with the victim to please do the right thing and come forward. A family have been left grieving over the loss of their loved one and are desperate for answers.

“We now believe that the vehicle responsible had travelled down the hill on The Grove and away from Dorchester town centre.

“I would urge anyone with information about the incident, however small, to please contact Dorset Police.

“If you were driving through Dorchester between 7pm and 8pm on Wednesday evening, did you see any vehicles acting suspiciously or do you have any dashcam footage that could assist with the investigation?

“Our specially-trained officers continue to support the woman’s family at this very difficult time.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email SCIT@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 28:354. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

A second collision , also on Wednesday, December 27th occurred to the west of Winterbourne Abbas just before 3.30pm between a blue Ford Fiesta and a red Volkswagen High Up.

The 95-year-old male driver of the Volkswagen was pronounced dead at the scene. An 87-year-old female passenger sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to Dorset County Hospital. They were both from the Wimborne area.

The 70-year-old driver of the Fiesta from Lyme Regis was taken to Dorset County Hospital for treatment to injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

Road closures were put in place on the A35 between Dorchester and Bridport. The road re-opened at around 9.20pm.

Police Inspector Joe Pardey, of the traffic unit, said: “My thoughts are with the families of those involved in what is a very difficult time.

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or the driving of either vehicle immediately prior to the incident to please contact Dorset Police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email SCIT@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 27:240. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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