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Appeal for witnesses following fatal collision near Verwood

Press release   •   Sep 03, 2018 13:15 BST

We’re appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision which happened near Verwood last month.

Officers from Dorset police were called following reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and Peugeot 208, at around 5.45am on Saturday, August 25, on the B3081 Verwood Road.

The pedestrian, Thomas Lenton, 23, from Verwood, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the blue Peugeot, a 29-year-old woman from Eastleigh, was uninjured.

The collision happened on the Hampshire/Dorset border, near to the Somerley House Waste Recycling Centre.

Hampshire’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) is now leading enquiries into the exact circumstances of the collision.

Officers are particularly keen to speak to the taxi driver who drove Mr Lenton and his two friends from Bournemouth to Verwood in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Sgt Rik Grant, from the Joint Roads Policing SCIU, said: “We know that Mr Lenton and his two friends got into a taxi close to the Genting Casino, in Bournemouth at around 4.30am and were taken to The Quomp, in Ringwood, which would have taken around ten minutes.

“We are keen to speak to the driver of this taxi as he may have information that could help with our investigation.”

He added: “We are looking at all possible scenarios surrounding this collision and it may be that another vehicle was involved.

“So we are keen to speak to as many people as possible who were driving in the area around that time, or anyone who might have seen someone walking along the B3081 between 4.40am and 5.45am.

“So if you were in the area and think you can help, or if you have any dash cam footage, please get in touch.”

If you have any information, please contact us on 101, quoting reference number 44180330815.

In an emergency, call 999.