Perfect Strangers Jonas Blue
21 January 2013, 07:18
An 18 year old and a 15 year old are being held after a man was killed after being hit by a car in Stokesley
A 27-year-old Stokesley man died after being struck by a silver Range Rover on Saturday 19th January.
Officers have renewed their appeal for witnesses and to anyone who can help identify the occupants of the vehicle.
Detective Superintendent Steve Smith who is leading the investigation, said:
"We are currently focusing our efforts to identify the people in the vehicle at the time of the incident and have renewed our appeal for information.
I am appealing to anyone who saw a silver Range Rover with a personalised number plate driving through the town on Saturday morning in the hours and minutes leading up to the crash. And, to anyone who saw the occupants run from the vehicle after it crashed.
Many people have come forward with information already, for which we thank them. However, despite the snow, many people were out and about in Stokesley on Saturday morning and may have seen the Range Rover driving around town. I urge these people to come forward and talk to the police - no matter how insignificant you may think your information is, please contact us and tell us what you saw."
This is a tragic incident which has left the victim?s family utterly devastated and the local community in shock.
An innocent member of the public was walking along the street, having decided to go to the shops to buy some lunch, and sadly, never returned home to his family.
We will leave no stone unturned until those responsible have been identified and brought to justice. It's only a matter of time before we catch up with those involved and I therefore urge them to do the right thing and contact the police."
Anyone with any information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101 and pass information to the Force Control Room, quoting incident number 212 of 19 January.
Alternatively, you can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The 15-year-old youth arrested near the scene of the collision remains in police custody.
The family of the victim are receiving support from specially trained police officers.
Police are not yet in a position to release the victim?s his name.
The vehicle was not reported stolen at the time of the collision and part of the investigation is to establish how those who were in the vehicle when it crashed, came to be in possession of it.
The Range Rover has been recovered by the police and is currently undergoing detailed forensic examination.