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Motorist in fatal hit-and-run “got out of car” before driving off

83-year-old cyclist died in hospital a week after collision in Newton-le-Willows

A motorist whose car struck an 83-year-old Merseyside cyclist who has since died from his injuries is said to have got out of his car at the scene of the collision before driving off.

Merseyside Police confirmed today that the victim, who sustained serious head injuries in the incident on Belvedere Road in Newton-le-Willows at 1.55pm last Tuesday 6 February, had passed away in hospital.

Police have repeated their original appeal, in which they said that “The male driver of the car was reported to have got out of the vehicle before getting back in and driving away from the scene.”

A 50-year-old man, who like the victim comes from Newton-le-Willows, was arrested on suspicion of driving without due care and attention on the day of the collision.

A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police confirmed to this afternoon that the investigation is continuing.

The vehicle involved was a blue Vauxhall Corsa and police have requested anyone with information to call Merseyside Police's Roads Policing Unit on 0151 777 5747 or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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