Elderly man hit by van in Hattersley dies

An elderly man has sadly died in hospital after being hit by a van close to a pub car park in Hattersley.

Police were called shortly after 10.20pm on Friday evening (16 October) to reports that an orange Ford Transit van had collided with a pedestrian at the entrance to the car park of The Harehill Tavern, off Underwood Road. 

The 77-year-old pedestrian was taken to hospital with serious head injuries but, despite the best efforts of medical staff, he passed away on Saturday (17 October). 

Bunches of flowers have been left at the car park entrance in tribute to the man. 

A 28-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drug driving and causing death by careless driving.

Police say he has since been released under investigation and enquiries are ongoing.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses, including any drivers with dash-cam footage, to get in touch. 

Police Constable Andrew Sheldrick, of GMP's Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "Our thoughts are very much with this man's family as they try and come to terms with what happened and it's very important that we establish what led to this incident.

"A man has been released under investigation after being questioned by officers today but enquiries are very much ongoing.

"If you witnessed this collision of have any CCTV or dash-cam footage, please get in touch as soon as possible. Even the smallest piece of information could really help us piece together the circumstances surrounding this incident."

Anyone with information should call GMP's Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741, quoting incident number 3174 of 16/10/20, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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