Hit and run driver still not identified

Peter Topping, who died in mysterious circumstances when he was struck by a car as he lay in the road.

Peter Topping, who died in mysterious circumstances when he was struck by a car as he lay in the road.

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POLICE are again appealing to the public to help to find a hit-and-run driver who left a dad dying on the street at Goldthorpe.

Peter Topping, 56, is thought to have been lying on Co-Operative Street, where he lived, when he was run over six months ago. But the driver of the vehicle concerned never stopped.

The driver is believed to have moved on to turn left on to Doncaster Road.

Despite a thorough investigation by South Yorkshire Police it has not been possible to identify either the vehicle involved, or the person who was behind the wheel.

Sergeant Andy Noble, of South Yorkshire Police’s Serious Collision Unit said: “Peter was a well-known and well-liked member of the community and his family are finding it difficult coming to terms with his death.

“We hope that somebody will come forward with the information that will assist us.”

Mr Topping’s daughter Ashleigh, who lives at Doncaster, previously told the Times that the family had been left completely stunned.

She said: “My dad had no enemies and always kept himself to himself, walking his two racing dogs.”

Mr Topping was a diabetic and had lived in the street for three years. His family are thought to be mainly from the Sunderland area.

The incident occurred just before 8.30pm on December 29 last year. Anyone who might be able to help is urged to call 101 quoting incident 779 of that date.

And anyone giving information to Crimestoppers on 08800 555 111, that leads to an arrest and charge, could receive a reward of up to £1,000.