CCTV footage of the woman,[right], police would like to speak

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a woman who may have witnessed a road traffic collision in Wirral in which a pedestrian died.

Traffic officers have released these photographs of the witness, who approached police community support officers at the scene of the incident in Hoylake Road, Bidston, on February 2.The woman, who was filmed on an officer’s body-worn video camera, spoke to police at scene but left before her details could be taken. Collision investigators are now appealing for the woman, or anyone who recognises her, to get in touch as her information may be crucial to the investigation.

Sergeant Jason Higham of Merseyside Police’s roads policing unit, said: “I would appeal for the woman in these photographs, or any who recognises her, to contact me so we can establish what she heard or saw. She is not in any trouble and was not involved in the collision in any way, but she may well have witnessed what happened so it is crucial we get to speak to her.

“A female pedestrian has tragically died after being involved in a collision with a car late at night and we need all the information we can get to establish how it happened.” The victim, 44-year-old woman from Prenton, suffered head, leg and chest injuries after being struck by a red Renault Megane in Hoylake Road, close to St James Church, at around 10.40pm on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. She was taken to Arrowe Park hospital with a suspected fractured skull but died in hospital the following afternoon. Several members of the public, including the 48-year-old male driver of the Megane, stopped at the scene and have given statements to police, but the woman pictured has not been spoken to since she left the scene.

It is believed she may have been with a man at the time, who is also captured in the background on some of the footage. Police want to speak to him also as a potential witness.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt Jason Higham on 0151 777 5771 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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