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Hunt for driver continues after woman killed in Walsall hit-and-run

By Liam Keen | Walsall | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

Police are hunting for the driver of a car involved in a hit-and-run crash which left a woman dead in Walsall.

This car, believed to have been involved in the crash, was abandoned on Gurney Road. Photo: SnapperSK

The woman, a 52-year-old pedestrian, was killed when she was hit by a car in Cavendish Road, Beechdale, at around 1pm on Thursday.

A damaged grey hatchback believed to have been involved in the crash was abandoned on the pavement of nearby Gurney Road shortly afterwards.

Police are now searching for the driver of the Peugeot 207, which had the registration plates BP51 UWO.

Police at the scene of the crash in Cavendish Road. Photo: SnapperSK
The damaged Peugeot. Photo: SnapperSK

An air ambulance and several paramedics were sent to Cavendish Road, where the woman was pronounced dead after being found with "multiple serious injuries".

The entire length of both Gurney and Cavendish roads, which are predominantly residential, remained cordoned into Thursday evening as specialist police collision investigators examined the area.

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A blue forensic tent was in place and debris scattered across Cavendish Road, which connects Bloxwich Lane and Sephenson Avenue, was marked with yellow cones near where the woman was hit.

The scene in Cavendish Road. Photo: @SnapperSK
Debris left on the road in the aftermath of the crash. Photo: @SnapperSK

Local residents could be seen in the street watching on in the aftermath of the crash.

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Police are keen to hear from any witnesses and particularly anyone with dash-cam footage which could assist the investigation.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "We are in the very early stages of our enquiries and our thoughts are with the woman’s family and friends at this tragic time.

Officers photograph the scene on Cavendish Road. Photo: SnapperSK

"The hunt to identify the driver is already well underway and I would urge anyone who was in the area at the time, and may have seen or heard anything, to get in touch as soon as possible."

Dozens of police officers were still at the scene on Thursday evening, with some recreating a 3D image of the road with a computer.

One Cavendish Road resident said: “I didn’t see it happen but all the emergency services turned up at about 1pm.

Gurney Road, where the Peugeot was abandoned, branches off Cavendish Road. Photo: SnapperSK

“The road has been closed since.”

A resident, who wished to remain anonymous, added: “I only got here at about 5pm and tried to go down Cavendish Road to see it was all blocked off by police.

“I knew it was pretty serious with how much of the road they have closed off and the amount of police here.”

The abandoned car can be seen on Gurney Road. Photo: SnapperSK

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover the pedestrian, a woman, with multiple serious injuries.

“Ambulance staff administered specialist trauma care but sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.”

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were all sent to the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on email at fl_collision_invest@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk, call 101 or contact police via their website between 8am and midnight.

Quote log number 1191 of September 12.

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Sports Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Sports journalist at the Express & Star, primarily covering Walsall FC and grassroots sport across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319456.

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