Witness plea after woman dies in hit-and-run incident in Leek
POLICE are appealing for witnesses who saw a hit-and-run victim before she was killed.
The 48-year-old woman died after being knocked down by an unidentified vehicle in Leek.
Police investigating the incident have released her description in a bid to get witnesses to come forward.
They said the woman, who has not yet been named but was from Leek, was found with multiple injuries by police officers on routine patrol at the junction of Broad Street and Cruso Street.
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Paramedics tried to revive her but she was pronounced dead at the scene following the incident on Friday afternoon.
Police have not yet released any information about the vehicle involved, but officers say the woman's injuries were the result of a road traffic collision.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "The collision happened between 1pm and 3pm at the junction of Broad Street and Cruso Street in Leek, and involved a pedestrian.
"The vehicle failed to stop. A 48-year-old woman from Leek suffered serious head injuries and sadly, despite the best efforts of paramedics, was pronounced dead at the scene.
"No formal identification has yet taken place. Specially-trained liaison officers are supporting the family.
"Police are appealing for anyone who saw the incident, or any person who saw the female in Broad Street, to contact us.
"She is described as white with light-coloured hair. She was wearing a light brown coat and black leggings. She had black glasses and was carrying a walking stick."
Leek mayor Pam Wood urged anyone who could help police to come forward. She said: "What has happened is tragic. It's appalling and shocking that someone could drive off.
"Somebody must have seen something and if they did they have got to come forward to help solve this."
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.
Officers are to study CCTV images taken from a nearby convenience store to try to piece together the moments leading up to the incident.
Several floral tributes have been laid at the scene of the collision in memory of the victim.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 306 of October 12.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.