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26-year-old man arrested following ‘fail to stop’ fatal collision in West Hendon

A5 going through West Hendon in NW9 is known as the Edgeware Road and West Hendon Broadway. Image: Google satellite

A5 going through West Hendon in NW9 is known as the Edgeware Road and West Hendon Broadway. Image: Google satellite

Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses after a woman pedestrian in her forties was killed in ‘a fail to stop collision’ in West Hendon this morning.

Police were called to the scene one minute to 6 am on the A5, West Hendon in NW9.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found the woman with life threatening injuries.

By the time she was taken to a north London hospital she was ‘pronounced dead.’

The police say ‘next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem will be scheduled  in due course.’

At this early stage detectives believe the woiman who died was  a pedestrian who had been in collision with a Mercedes- possibly silver in colour.

The car failed to stop at the scene and continued heading north-bound and detectives believe it sustained front end damage.

The collision took place in a busy area and detectives are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward and assist them with their enquiries.

Detectives from the Serious Collision Investigation unit are investigating.

Such incidents used to be described as ‘hit and runs’ but until the police can trace and speak to the driver of the car involved they are described as ‘fail to stop’  collisions.

Sometimes motorists are unaware of their vehicles having collided with anybody or anything, or the collisions may have been unavoidable.

Detective Stephen Pidgeon said:

Despite the collision taking place very early this morning there were a number of people who were within the vicinity who may have witnessed the events in the lead up to the collision or the actual collision itself. If anyone does have any information I urge them to come forward and help us with our investigation.

I would also like to appeal to the driver of the vehicle, please do the right thing and hand yourself into police at the earliest opportunity.

Local road closures are in place and motorists are advised to find alternative routes.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0208 991 9555 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Update .50 am 23/2/2015

The Met Police say a man has been arrested in connection with the collision.

They’d been hoping the driver of the car that did not stop, described as a silver Mercedes C Class, would come forward.

At around 6 pm last night the police say ‘a 26 year old man  attended Colindale police station where he was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene.’

He’s been bailed to return on a date in late April.

Detective Sergeant Stephen Pidgeon said the appeal for witnesses to what happened continues:

There were a number of people who may have witnessed the events in the lead up to the collision or the actual collision itself. If anyone does have any information I urge them to come forward and help us with our investigation.

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