Driver arrested after fatal crash

By Ross Findon

Published on Saturday, October 06, 2012 - 07:29


A MAN has died and a driver arrested following a road traffic collision in Freshwater last night.

As reported by the Isle of Wight County Press last night (Friday) emergency services were called to a report of a crash in Copse Lane, Freshwater at about 7pm.

Police have now confirmed that the collision involved a car and a pedestrian, initially said to be in his 70s by police, however they later stated he was aged 82.

A police spokesman said:  "The pedestrian, a man aged in his 70s, was trapped under a white Ford Courier van.
"He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The body was taken to hospital where an initial post-mortem examination is due to take place to help establish the exact cause of death."

Firefighters were on scene for almost two hours after being alerted by the police.

Police said late last night they were informing next-of-kin and the man’s name would not be made public until formal identification procedures were completed.

The uninjured but shaken driver of the Ford, a 75-year-old man from Freshwater, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and taken to Newport Police Station for questioning. 

Investigating officer Sergeant Rob Heard of Hampshire Constabulary’s Road Death Investigation Team said: "We are appealing to anyone who saw an elderly man walking in or near Copse Lane shortly before 7pm yesterday (Friday) evening. 

"Any information about this man’s movements prior to the collision is important. I am equally keen to be contacted by witnesses who saw a white Ford Courier van being driven in the Freshwater area around the same time. 

"Police are making enquiries into reports of other motorists using Copse Lane. I would urge these people to come forward and tell us what they saw. No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the actual collision, but other motorists could prove to be crucial witnesses to the circumstances surrounding this death."

Copse Lane was closed while police examined the scene for evidence.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary’s Road Death Investigation Team at Eastleigh Police Station by phoning 101 and quoting Operation Milldale. 

Mini-com users can phone 01962 875000. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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