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Widow renews appeal to trace hit and run witnesses
The widow of a Leicestershire man who was killed in a hit and run collision six months ago has renewed her appeal for witnesses to come forward as she continues her husband’s fight for justice.
Simon Ware, 44, of Broughton Astley, died from his injuries after being struck by two different vehicles at around 5pm on Monday 19 December last year. But despite his widow Dee offering a £5,000 reward, the driver of one of the vehicles has still yet to be traced.
Now, lawyers acting on behalf of Mrs Ware are hoping witnesses will come forward with potentially vital information as they try to piece together exactly what happened. “From what we have been able to learn, Simon was hit by two cars on the same stretch of country road,” said Michelle Sutton, a specialist fatal incident lawyer with Fentons Solicitors LLP, representing Mrs Ware.
“He was walking along Ashby Road in Bitteswell when it appears he was hit by the first car, which did not stop,” she said. “Then, as he lay injured in the road, he was run over by a van. The driver believed he’d hit a bag of rubbish or some debris in the road, but when he stopped to check he found Mr Ware, and called an ambulance.”
Mr Ware, a chartered instrument and electrical engineer for British Gas, was rushed to hospital but was unconscious on arrival. He died from his injuries shortly afterwards.
Miss Sutton said the incident had left her client understandably devastated, but the situation was compounded by the first driver - who hit Mr Ware and simply drove away - not being traced. Earlier this year, Mrs Ware even offered a £5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the first driver.
“Somebody out there knows how this happened,” said Miss Sutton. “Someone knows who was driving that first car, or knows who repaired it after the collision. But despite my client offering a substantial reward, we appear to be no closer to learning the truth.
“It was quite dark at that time and there are no street lights, so one school of thought is that the first driver may not have realised they had actually hit someone,” she said. “But rather than speculate we are hoping to speak to anyone who was in the area and who might actually have witnessed what happened.”
She explained that even if witnesses had already given their accounts to police, she still needed them to get in touch with her as soon as possible. “The police investigation into the circumstances of the incident is ongoing, which means they are unable to release any statements or evidence collected so far,” said Miss Sutton. “We are therefore urging anyone who might have helpful information about the incident – no matter how small or insignificant they think it might be – to get in touch.
“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was driving or walking in Ashby Road that evening, and who might have seen the events immediately leading up to or after the incident,” she said. “Mrs Ware is still suffering the aftermath of losing her loved one, and we need help to put together the whole picture of just what happened.”
Can you help?
If you were in the area of Ashby Road, Bitteswell, on Monday 19 December 2011, if you witnessed the incident or if you have information which you think might help, please contact Michelle Sutton at Fentons Solicitors LLP on 0844 854 3067. Alternatively please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. All information will be treated in strict confidence, and could prove vital to this case.
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