Barnsley hit-and-run pedestrian fighting for life

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A PEDESTRIAN aged 50 is fighting for life in hospital in Sheffield after being mown down in a hit-and run last night.

Police say the man is in a ‘critical’ condition in the Northern General Hospital, with multiple life-threatening internal injuries and broken bones.

The collision happened with such force the car that hit him will be damaged, police say - with a possible broken window, broken headlight, and damaged door.

The driver did not stop.

The pedestrian was knocked down by one of two cars travelling ‘close together’ along Racecommon Road in Barnsley.

Both cars, which were heading from Town End roundabout towards Longcar Lane, failed to stop.

Police said they could not rule out the possibility the two were racing.

“We have a witness who puts the two cars travelling close together, above the speed limit,” said Insp Pete Serhatlic of South Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Unit.

“The driver of the car which hit the man must have known. The car will have damage to the front driver’s side, on or around the driver’s door. There is broken glass at the scene so it could be a side window or headlight has been broken.”

The car was a light-coloured saloon, possibly a silver Ford, and was being driven by a slim white man, aged under 50, with longer than average fair hair.

There is no description of the second car or its driver.

The pedestrian was taken initially to Barnsley Hospital before being transferred to the Northern General in Sheffield.

The car which hit the man continued to a set of traffic lights before turning right onto Park Road near The Bush pub.

The collision happened at 7.20pm last night.

Witnesses, or people with information about the drivers or the damaged car, are urged to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 941 of December 12.