Police have released footage showing the moment a father of three was struck by a car which then failed to stop in Birmingham, as the hunt continues for the driver.

Emergency services were called to Piers Road, Handsworth, just after 10.20pm on 19 October and found the man aged 65 with serious head injuries lying in the road.

Seconds earlier, he had left a shop after attending prayers at a Gurudwara on the Soho Road.
In agreement with the victim’s family, officers investigating the collision have now released CCTV footage showing the moment that the car struck.

The vehicle can be seen turning into Piers Road as the victim crosses the road. He is then struck at a relatively slow speed, but is knocked to the ground. He is motionless on the ground as the vehicle turns around and drives away.

The victim was taken to hospital, where he remains in a critical condition this afternoon.

Officers believe the vehicle is a dark Renault Grand Scenic. In the minutes before the collision, it turned onto Soho Road from Ivy Road. It then turned right into Piers Road, where it struck the victim.

It then turned around and drove back up the Soho Road towards West Bromwich before turning right into Thornhill Road.

Sgt Alan Wood, from the collision investigation unit, said: “The footage is obviously distressing but we and the family of the victim are hopeful that it will prompt the driver to do the right thing and contact us.

“We suspect the driver may be someone who lives locally. We hope that someone in the community will know their identity and provide us with the information we need.

“The family are devastated by what has happened and remain at the hospital bedside, and have asked for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time.

“We have spoken to a number of people who witnessed the collision, but need to hear from anyone else who saw what happened or the movements of the vehicle at around the time of the incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Investigation Unit on 101, or to email fl_collision_invest@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk and to quote log 2674 of 19 October.

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