Plea to find driver who killed Welwyn Garden City man in hit-and-run

PUBLISHED: 17:29 19 December 2011

David Alderson

David Alderson

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FIVE months on from a hit-and-run which saw a WGC man killed, his heartbroken family are pleading to the driver to come forward as the birth of his first grandchildren, who he will never have the opportunity to meet, approaches.

David Alderson died after the collision on the B1000, Welwyn Road.

The Broadwater Crescent resident, was found by a cyclist at 6.50am on Wednesday, July 27, close to Sele Farm; directly opposite to the bridleway which goes to Selebroom Wood.

Police believe 5ft, 3in David, who was wearing dark jogging bottoms, a light blue polo shirt, black trainers, a navy blue anorak with a green lining, and dark gloves, was struck by a medium-sized van which did not stop between 5.30pm on the Tuesday to the early hours of the Wednesday.

The 66-year-old left behind two daughters Hayley and Michelle from his first marriage to Janice and three sons from his marriage to Minnie – David, Luke and Shane.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Minnie, said: “It might have been an accident, but to leave the scene and not give us an opportunity to understand what happened is like being in a living hell.

“David will be missing out on seeing his first grandchildren, who are due to be born in the New Year. They will never have the opportunity to meet him and that is so heart breaking for us all.”

She added it was especially tough for the family at Christmas, as despite David being a Jehovah Witness, they would always get together.

“The past five months have been so difficult for all the family and at this time of year, it makes it even harder.

“I’d ask this person to consider how they can enjoy a Christmas with their family, knowing that they have taken someone’s husband and father?

“I would plead that they do the right thing and contact police.”

Inspector Paul Davis from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire road policing unit has led the investigation.

He said: “We are directly appealing to the driver to come forward. An extensive investigation into this collision has been conducted in order to help the family have closure.

“It may have been a tragic accident but without speaking to the driver, we cannot establish exactly what happened.”

Call police with information on the non-emergency-number 101.

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