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Police probe pedestrian's death in crash at Freshwater on isle of Wight
5:00pm Saturday 6th October 2012 in News
POLICE have today revealed the pedestrian killed when he was knocked down by a van was 82 years old.
The pensioner, who has not yet been named, was pronounced dead at the scene after being trapped under a white Ford Courier van driven by a 75-year-old man, in the incident last night.
Officers are in the process of contacting and informing the dead man’s next of kin, while an initial post mortem examination is due to take place to establish the exact cause of death.
Police were called to Copse Lane in Freshwater, on the Isle of Wight, shortly after 7pm on Friday, following the collision.
Officers closed the road to allow investigators to examine the scene and the driver of the Ford, who is from Freshwater, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and taken to Newport Police Station for questioning.
He was said to be shaken but not injured.
Investigating officer Sergeant Rob Heard, from Hampshire’s Road Death Investigation Team said last night: “We are appealing to anyone who saw an elderly man walking in or near Copse Lane shortly before 7pm this 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.”
Anyone with information should call the Road Death Investigation Team at Eastleigh Police Station on 101, quoting Operation Milldale, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.