Hunt to trace BMW driver after man dies in hit-and-run

An appeal has been launched to find the driver of a BMW after a man died in a hit-and-run. The incident took place in Newton Road at the junction of Hailwood Road in Great Barr[1] shortly after 9pm on Friday, September 8.

A car struck a 54-year-old pedestrian with the ambulance service sending two ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Medical Emergency Response and Intervention Team trauma doctor and Hazardous Area Response Team paramedic to the scene after receiving the call at 9.21pm.

The man was receiving medical help from bystanders and ambulance staff gave advanced life support. But nothing could be done to save him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The car involved failed to stop and West Midlands Police[3] issued an urgent appeal for the driver to come forward. Now it has issued an image of a blue BMW 520D, believed to have been involved in the fatal crash, which was later found by officers.

A spokesperson for the force said: “We need your help to trace the driver of a car after a man died in a collision in which the vehicle failed to stop at the scene in #Birmingham. We were called to the junction of Newton Road and Hailwood Drive in Great Barr, at around 9pm on Friday.

“Despite the best efforts of emergency services, the victim, a man aged 54, was pronounced dead at the scene. A BMW 520D car, believed to have been involved in the collision, has been recovered and we would urge the driver to come forward.

“We have released a photograph of the vehicle involved as we hope members of the public might recognise the car and provide us with vital information.”

Flowers left at the scene near the Scott Arms in Great Barr

Sgt Julie Lyman, from the police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “We’re carrying out urgent enquiries to find the driver, but I would encourage that person to get in touch. We have released a photograph of the vehicle we believe was involved in the collision as we hope it will jog people’s memories.

“We hope someone may have seen the vehicle before the collision and come forward with information as to who was driving the car. If you do have information for us then please do get in touch. I would like to thank the local community for the help and assistance they have given as we continue to investigate.

“If you were in the area and have any dash-cam, mobile phone or CCTV footage that could assist us or any other information, then please contact us.”

Anyone with information has been asked to get in touch via Live Chat on the force’s website, quoting log: 5121 of 8 September. Alternatively, they can e-mail: [email protected][4] Information can also be given to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Police said members of the public can 'tell them what you know, not who you are'.


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