Police renew appeal for information one year after fatal hit and run in Goldthorpe

Police are renewing an appeal for information one year after 56-year-old Peter Topping died in a fatal incident in Goldthorpe.

At around 8.25pm on Thursday, 29 December 2011, it is believed that Mr Topping was lying in the carriageway on Co-operative Street, Goldthorpe, when an unknown vehicle drove over him causing fatal injuries.

The driver of the vehicle failed to stop at the scene, and it is reported that the vehicle continued along Co-operative Street, turning left onto Doncaster Road.

Despite extensive enquiries in the area and assistance from the local community, neither the driver nor the vehicle has been traced. Police are interested in speaking to the occupants of three vehicles that are believed to have been in the area at the time and may have witnessed the incident: a dark coloured Mercedes ‘C’ class, a dark coloured Land Rover Freelander, and a silver coloured Audi A3.

Inspector Geoff Young 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."

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or believe they have information that can assist in identifying the drivers of the vehicles, should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 779 of 29 December 2011. Alternatively, people can give information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Anyone giving information to Crimestoppers, leading to an arrest and charge, could receive a reward of up to £1,000.