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Pedestrian crossing man killed

A man has died after being hit by a car on a pedestrian crossing.

The man, 46, was crossing the road with his wife after leaving the Railway Hotel at Branksome, in Poole, Dorset.

Police said a 40-year-old man, from the local area, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

The man, who was in collision with a blue Nissan Micra, was taken to Poole hospital where he died from serious head injuries. His wife, 47, was uninjured.

Dorset Police said the couple had pressed the button on the nearby pedestrian crossing on Poole Road and had waited until it flashed green. As they were part way across, the Micra drove through and hit the man shortly before 1am.

The car drove off after the incident but two members of the public followed it and detained a man until police arrived.

Sgt Len Vickery, of Dorset Police, said: "The car failed to stop and carried on in the direction of Bournemouth. Two members of the public travelling together in the opposite direction were suspicious of the extent of the damage to the Micra.

"They turned around and followed the car to an address in Suffolk Road, Bournemouth, where they bravely detained the man."

Traffic officers are urging anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the Micra either before or afterwards to call 101 or 01202 222222.

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