7th Dec, 2016

Family pay tribute to Bell Green hit-and-run victim

Coventry Editorial 1st Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A PEDESTRIAN who died in a hit-and-run crash in Coventry has been named as Christopher Masterson.

The 56-year-old was hit by what witnesses have described as a small vehicle which failed to stop on Dame Agnes Grove, Bell Green, on Saturday (January 30) at around 1pm.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff he died at University Hospital yesterday (Sunday).

Christopher’s family described him as a ‘much loved son, brother and uncle’ who devoted himself to caring for his mother on a daily basis.

They added: “He had a great sense of humour and was always ready to share a joke. He loved horse racing and enjoyed a flutter.

“On Saturday, January 30 2016 all that Chris thought and was capable of, was brought to a tragic end in a split second when an unknown driver knocked Chris down and failed to stop.

“We speak directly to that person now. Even though you did the wrong thing there is still time to do the right thing. An elderly mother has lost her youngest son and a family are now grieving and can have no peace until you come forward.

“Please come forward even though we understand you are frightened of doing so. We also urge any other witnesses to come forward with any other information that may help no matter how minor it may seem.”

West Midlands Police are still appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Sergeant Alan Wood, from the force’s Collision Investigation Unit, said: “I am keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information that could help the investigation to come forward.

“I am aware that there were a number of witnesses in a bus stop on Henley road at the junction of Dame Agnes Grove, I would ask that they get in touch with my team.

“I also want to appeal directly to the driver of the vehicle to do the right thing and to come forward to speak to us.

“Sadly a man has lost his life and our thoughts are with his family at the present time.”

The road remained closed for several hours while emergency services and collision investigators worked to clear the area and carry out enquiries.

The Collision Investigation Unit can be contacted on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.