Police hunt for driver as OAP killed in Leek hit-and-run
POLICE are hunting a hit-and-run driver who knocked down and killed a woman just yards away from a primary school.
Officers are to study CCTV images taken from a nearby convenience store to try to piece together the moments leading up to the fatal crash.
The woman, who has not been named, suffered multiple injuries in the collision, which happened in Leek at 1.30pm yesterday.
Passers-by rushed to the aid of the pedestrian after she was found at the junction of Broad Street and Cruso Street, but she was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
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Police have not yet released any information about the vehicle involved, but officers say they believe the woman's injuries were the result of a non-stop road traffic collision.
Rajen Vellu, aged 39, who works at Newsmarket convenience store, in Broad Street, said: "I didn't see anything happen but I heard the sirens and saw all the emergency vehicles on the road.
"A few people who came in the shop said that an elderly woman had been knocked down by a car and that she had died.
"The police came and asked me if I had seen anything and they said they would come back later to look at the CCTV cameras we have."
A woman, who lives in Broad Street but asked not to be named, said: "I was inside my house and heard a bump sound but I didn't think anything of it.
"It's a very busy road and I just thought it was something to do with the traffic.
"The road has been getting more and more dangerous over the years and you get some people who go like the clappers down it."
Police closed the road for several hours and used a forensic tent to protect the scene as they examined the exact location of the crash.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "On arrival crews found a woman in cardiac arrest and passers-by doing excellent CPR.
"She had multiple injuries and crews took over resuscitation and administered advanced life support but sadly despite their best efforts nothing could be done and she was confirmed dead."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 306 of October 12. Alternatively, contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 08005 55111.