A339 closed northbound after fatal 'hit and run'
Road closed until 2pm today
THE A339 is closed northbound following a fatal road traffic collision.
Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a driver failed to stop at the scene in Newbury.
At about 10.10pm yesterday (26/10) the Force was called to attend the northbound carriageway of the A339 at the junction with the Vodafone Roundabout, following reports of a man was in the carriageway.
Upon arrival a man was found in the carriageway. Sadly, the man was later pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
The identity of the man, who is believed to be in his twenties, has not yet been confirmed and enquiries are continuing to establish his identity and notify next of kin.
Early indications suggest that the man may have been involved in a fail to stop RTC. Therefore, a joint investigation is currently being conducted by officers from the Roads Policing Unit and CID.
The northbound carriageway of the A339 is currently closed from the Robinhood Roundabout to the A34. The road is likely to remain closed until at least 2pm today (27/10) as police officers conduct a thorough search of the scene.
Officer at the scene, Sgt Simon Hills of the Roads Policing Unit based at Milton Keynes, said: “I am appealing to anyone who witnessed a collision on the A339 near the Vodafone Roundabout, or saw anything suspicious in that area last night to contact police immediately.
“Even if you have information that you may consider insignificant please contact police because your information could be vital to our investigation. If you have any information please contact the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
“If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
“The northbound carriageway of the A339 is currently closed from the Robinhood Roundabout to the A34. The road is likely to remain closed until at least 2pm today as police officers conduct a thorough search of the scene.
“Thames Valley Police is working closely with the Highways Authority and West Berkshire Council to minimise the disruption to the road network, however we do expect there to be substantial disruption and delays particularly for the morning rush hour.”
It is best to avoid the Robin Hood roundabout today, with Love Lane currently closed and traffic lights switched off for upgrade works.