Man fighting for his life after two Land Rover crashes in seconds leaves woman dead

Man fighting for his life after two Land Rover crashes in seconds leaves woman dead

A woman has died and a man is fighting for his life following two crashes involving the same car in Bolton.

The two incidents happened on Royal Court Drive and Chorley New Road at around 4pm yesterday (August 24).

A blue Land Rover Freelander was travelling along Chorley Street near Royal Court Drive when it left the main carriageway, mounted the pavement and hit a 50-year-old woman.

Tragically, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The vehicle failed to stop, continued onto St Georges Road and turned left onto Chorley New Road.

It further collided with a 36-year-old man who was stood at the traffic island at the junction with Chorley Old Road.

The man was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

The driver, a man aged 51, was arrested at the scene of the second collision on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and serious injury by dangerous driving.

He remains in custody for questioning.

Detective Constable Emma Kennedy, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is a dreadful incident where two members of public have been struck by the same vehicle a short distance apart.

“Specialist officers are looking after the families of both victims at this devastating time

“Our thoughts remain with the family of the woman who has very sadly died, and with the family of the man who remains critically ill in hospital.

“It is absolutely essential that anyone with information, who saw the car prior to or shortly after these collisions makes contact with police.

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“If you have CCTV or dash-cam footage that can assist us, please also get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 4741 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Cory Weinberg

About the author: Cory Weinberg

Cory Weinberg covers the intersection of tech and cities. That means digging into how startups and big tech companies are trying to reshape real estate, transportation, urban planning, and travel. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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