Councillor appeals for witnesses to Ilkeston hit-and-run
MEMBERS of the community have "a duty" to come forward with information about an alleged hit-and-run in Ilkeston, a councillor has said.
Haydn Thomson, 19, of St James Avenue, Ilkeston, remains in critical condition in the Queen's Medical Centre following the crash on early Saturday morning.
He was in collision with a silver Vauxhall Vectra at the junction of Stanton Road and Union Road.
Local councillor Glennice Birkin, who represents Ilkeston at Derbyshire County Council, said: "If anyone out there in the community has information about what happened, I'd urge them to come forward and go to the police.
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"If it was my son I would want people to come forward and help.
"I would say it's anyone's duty to come forward if they have information.
"I wouldn't expect there to have been many people around as it happened at about 2am, so it's important that those people with information do come forward.
"You would expect someone to be out there who knows about it."
Esther Collington, secretary of the group Friends of Stanton Road Cemetery, which helps with the cemetery grounds on the road where the incident happened, also called for people to come forward.
She said: "It's a shocking thing to happen. I would expect anybody would want to come forward, and I think it's a good thing if they do.
"The police need to know what happened."
Councillor Edward Bishop, who represents Hallam Fields on Erewash Borough Council, said: "It's a tragedy what has happened. I would urge people to volunteer any information they have.
"It is an essential part of any police investigation.
"It will help the police in their work, and will also be helpful to the family in finding out more."
Police say the collision happened at about 2.10am on Saturday.
After the crash, the silver Vauxhall Vectra did not stop and was last seen travelling south towards Little Hallam Hill.
The police would particularly like to hear from anyone who saw a silver Vauxhall Vectra in the area, or in Ilkeston town centre at about 2am on Saturday, or who saw a silver Vauxhall with significant front damage travelling towards the Kirk Hallam area after the collision.
Three men have been arrested and released on police bail. Anyone who has information about the incident should ring the witness appeal line on 01773 572929.