Suspected drink-drivers arrested after man killed in late night hit and run crash near Blackburn

Two suspected drink-drivers have been arrested after a 27-year-old man died following a hit and run collision in Blackburn.

By Sean Gleaves
Wednesday, 12th August 2020, 6:09 pm

Police were called to reports of a crash at the junction of Yew Tree Drive and Preston New Road at around 11.50pm yesterday (August 11).

A Nissan Qashqai car had left the carriageway on Yew Tree Drive before colliding with a fence and street furniture, finally stopping in a field next to Preston New Road.

A 27-year-old man from Blackburn was found with serious injuries when emergency services arrived. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Following enquiries a 27-year-old man and a 32-year-old man, both from Blackburn, were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision and driving while under the influence of drink and/or drugs.

Police are now appealing for information, including any dash cam footage or CCTV which shows the collision or the Nissan before the incident.

Sgt Steve Hardman, from Lancashire Police's Serious Collision Investigations Unit said: "Firstly my thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of the casualty at this difficult time, specially trained family liaison officers are supporting them throughout this investigation.

"As the investigation progresses into this tragic collision, I am asking anyone who witnessed the collision or moments leading up to it to please call the Lancashire Police and quote log reference number 2025 of August 11 and provide your details.

Police were called to reports of a crash at the junction of YewTree Drive and Preston New Road. (Credit: Google)

"I am also trying to ascertain if anyone has dash cam or CCTV footage that may have captured the collision or again the moments prior to it to also please get in touch.

"I am aware video footage of the aftermath of the collision has been uploaded to social media which shows images that could be extremely upsetting to the family and indeed the wider community and for that reason can I ask that if anyone has uploaded any footage that this please be removed."

Anyone with information or dash cam footage can contact police by calling 101, quoting log number 2025 of August 11.

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