Police step up appeal


POLICE in Wigan are continuing to appeal for witnesses after a collision which has left a woman critically ill.

It happened as 64-year-old Christine Dagnall was crossing Sydney Street at its junction with Davies Street in Platt Bridge, Wigan, sometime between 6pm and 7pm on Friday, January 31.

As Christine was crossing the road, she collided with the wing mirror of a van which can only be described as being a white Transit type with ladders attached to the roof and writing on the side as the van turned right from Davies Street onto Sydney Street.

It has since been established the van had a ‘W’ written on the side.

Christine suffered a head injury which at the time was thought to be minor, and the driver of the van did not leave any details before leaving the scene.

A member of the public, a woman, then came to Christine’s aid but she too did not leave any details.

On Sunday 9 February 2014, Christine’s condition deteriorated and fell ill at her home address. She was then admitted to hospital where it was established she had suffered a serious head injury.

She remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Police Sergeant Brian Orr said: “We urgently would like to hear from the driver of the white Transit style van which we know had a sign written of the side and the writing contained the letter ‘W’.

“If you are the driver of this vehicle or you know who the driver was I would ask you contact me.

“Sydney Street is a only small residential street and if you heard or saw the collision please contact the police. Christine is currently in a very poorly condition in Salford Royal Hospital and her family are being supported by specially trained officers.”

Police are appealing to the woman who witnessed the collision and came to Christine’s aid, the driver of the van or any other potential witnesses to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4745.