Driver, 69, dies after being run over by his own car

Driver, 69, dies after being run over by his own car as he tried to stop it rolling downhill

  • A 69-year-old man died after trying to stop his Kia Sportage rolling downhill  
  • The incident took place early this afternoon in Bolton, Greater Manchester
  • Police are appealing for witnesses to ‘make sure the family have answers’

A 69-year-old man has died after being run over by his own car as he tried to stop it rolling downhill.

The pensioner had returned to his vehicle, a Kia Sportage, after an afternoon walk earlier today in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

Emergency services attended the scene, at the junction of Crompton Way and Crompton Vale, at about 2.20pm, but the man was pronounced dead.

Sergeant Philip Shaw, of Greater Manchester Police’s serious collision investigation unit, said: ‘This appears to be a tragic accident and our thoughts are with this man’s family at this terribly difficult time for them.

The pensioner had returned to his vehicle, a Kia Sportage, after an afternoon walk earlier today in Bolton, Greater Manchester

‘It remains important that we conduct an investigation into the circumstances of this incident to make sure the family have answers to why this happened.

‘We encourage anyone who witnessed the incident, saw the car prior to the man’s return to it, or has any information that may assist our inquiries to get in touch.’

Anyone with information can contact police on 0161 856 4741 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: ‘Police are appealing for information following a fatal road incident in Bolton.

‘At around 2.20pm on Saturday 23 April 2021 a man aged 69 returned to his Kia Sportage at the junction of Crompton Way and Crompton Vale following a walk.

‘The vehicle began to roll downhill and while attempting to stop it, the man was run over.

‘Emergency services attended but the man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.’

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