South Yorkshire hit and run death appeal

Floral tributes on Cooperative Street in Goldthorpe outside the property of Peter Topping -  fatally injured following a hit and run outside his house.

Floral tributes on Cooperative Street in Goldthorpe outside the property of Peter Topping - fatally injured following a hit and run outside his house.

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POLICE are using the one- year anniversary of the death of a man mown down on a South Yorkshire street to reappeal for information.

Peter Topping, died on Thursday, December 29, 2011 when he was hit by a car as he was lying in the road outside his home on Co-operative Street, Goldthorpe.

Detectives investigating the death have never traced the driver of the vehicle involved, which failed to stop at the scene of the collision.

It was reported to have continued along Co-operative Street, turning left onto Doncaster Road.

Police are trying to track down the occupants of three vehicles believed to have been in the area at the time and who may have witnessed the incident – a dark Mercedes ‘C’ class, a dark Land Rover Freelander, and a silver Audi A3.

Inspector Geoff Young, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Although this incident is 12 months old, we are still actively trying to trace the vehicle and the driver.

“The investigation is continuing, but the police need the public’s help.

“The makes and models of three vehicles that left Co-operative Street near the time of the incident may contain witnesses.

“The drivers of the vehicles may live in the immediate area or may have been visiting someone, but if anyone has any information about them, please let us know.”

Mr Topping, aged 56, had been out and was returning home when he was struck as he lay in the road.

Neighbours gave emergency first aid at the scene until paramedics arrived, but he could not be saved.

n Anyone who witnessed the incident, or with information to help identify the drivers of the vehicles, should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting incident 779 of December 29, 2011.

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