Sunday, 28 February 2010

Lorry driver kills Plymouth pedestrian

A PEDESTRIAN has died in Plymouth City Centre after being involved in a collision with a lorry that failed to stop. It is understood the woman was struck by the lorry in Royal Parade, near to the pedestrian crossing at the foot of the Civic Centre.

Police are now seeking the driver of the lorry, but insist they are not treating the incident as a hit-and-run at this stage.

The driver is believed to have carried on, perhaps without realising his vehicle had struck the woman.

Shaken onlookers described hearing a "God almighty thud" followed by a commotion when the seven-tonne truck collided with the lady.

The woman, who was 88, was crossing Royal Parade when she was caught under the wheels of the lorry at 9.14am yesterday.

The vehicle driver, a 42-year-old city man, was arrested at around 9.35am on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, after police located the vehicle in the city centre's West End.