Man dies in ‘hit and run’ on his birthday

A DISTRAUGHT family is facing the New Year without their dad after he died in a suspected hit and run in a Goldthorpe street on his birthday.

Police are appealing for witnesses after Peter Topping, 56, died following the incident in the road outside his home on Co-Operative Street, on Thursday (December 29).

Mr Topping’s daughter Ashleigh, who lives in Doncaster, said she was still in shock when she spoke to the Times on Friday.

She said: “The police just said there had been a collision with my dad and a car, possibly a hit and run.

“I still can’t believe it - my dad had no enemies and he always kept himself to himself, walking his two racing dogs. We are all devastated”.

She said she had last seen her father on Boxing Day.

Mr Topping, a diabetic, had lived in the street for around three years. It is thought his family live in the Sunderland area.

A neighbour said she watched paramedics fight to save the life of Mr Topping as he lay in the road at around 8.25pm. The street was closed to traffic as police conducted door to door enquiries.

In a statement, detectives said Mr Topping was believed to have been lying in the carriageway when an unknown vehicle drove over him causing the fatal injuries.

The vehicle is reported to have continued along Co-Operative Street turning right into Doncaster Road.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, the moments leading up to it or believe they know the driver of the vehicle is urged to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 779 of 29 December 2011 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.