A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a hit-and-run in the early hours of this morning.

After 12.30am, patrols saw a man lying in the road in Moss Bank Road, close to the Moss Bank Hotel.

Further inquiries at the scene established there had been a collision involving a Blue Mazda hatchback car and the man.

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The vehicle had been driven from the scene and was located by police.

Emergency services attended and the man was sadly confirmed dead at the scene.

Inquiries are ongoing to identify him and inform his next of kin, say police.


A police cordon

A police cordon


Road closures remained in place in Moss Bank Road and Washway Lane for several hours to allow collision reconstruction officers to investigate the collision.

A 51-year-old man from St Helens has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He has been taken to a police station for questioning by detectives and remains in custody.


A police cordon earlier today

A police cordon earlier today


Sergeant Steve Smith from Merseyside Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “Our investigation into this tragic incident is in its early stages and although a man a has been arrested we are still examining CCTV footage and are keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the area at the time or witnessed any part of it.

“If you were driving in the Washway Lane, Moss Bank Road and Scafell Road area at around 12.30am or were in the vicinity of the Moss Bank Hotel at this time and have any dashcam or CCTV footage, please review it and get in touch if you see anything that may assist our enquiries.

“Any information, however small it may seem, could prove vital as we seek to understand exactly what happened.

“Whether you choose to get information to us directly or anonymously, through Crimestoppers, any information you provide will be acted upon.”

  • Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to call our Matrix Roads Policing Unit on (0151) 777 5747, email SCIU@merseyside.police.uk, or DM @MerPolCC on Twitter quoting reference 22000025548. People can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information .