Fundraiser for family of Tipton hit-and-run victim reaches £3,000 as driver remains on loose

A fundraiser for the family of a Tipton man killed in a hit-and-run has reached £3,000 - as the driver still remains on the loose.

Tributes have been left to Darren Whitehouse who died after being hit by a car
Tributes have been left to Darren Whitehouse who died after being hit by a car

Pedestrian Darren Whitehouse died after being hit by a car in St Mark's Road in the town at about 1.40pm on Saturday.

So far nobody has been arrested over Mr Whitehouse's death and the 43-year-old's family have spoken out to urge anyone with information to come forward.

Flowers, candles, notes, balloons and beer bottles have all been left at the scene in tribute to Mr Whitehouse.

The car believed to have hit him, a silver Infiniti, was found two miles away in Griffiths Street, Tipton, later on Saturday and is being examined by forensic specialists.

The car had been stolen in Rowley Regis last Wednesday and was using cloned plates at the time of the crash, police said.

The hit-and-run was one of two serious incidents within an hour of each other on St Mark's Road on Saturday.

A man was stabbed in a separate incident at the nearby Costcutter

As medics, including an air ambulance crew, were dealing with the hit-and-run, they were alerted to a stabbing at a shop 300 metres away at around 2.15pm and rushed to treat the victim.

The man had been seriously injured after an attack in Costcutter and was taken to hospital for further treatment.

The stabbing is not thought to be linked to Mr Whitehouse's death and the two incidents are being treated as separate incidents, West Midlands Police confirmed.

Two fundraising pages set up for Mr Whitehouse's family and his funeral had raised a combined total of more than £3,000 by Wednesday.

Police have urged anyone who was in the Tipton area on Saturday lunchtime and has dash-cam or cycle-cam footage to check to see if it shows the collision or if a silver car can be seen on the video. Any witnesses or people with information are asked to contact police online or on 101 quoting log number 1827 of February 27.

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