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Four people injured following traffic collision - Wigan
Friday 3rd November, 2006

Police are appealing for witnesses after the driver of a Renault Megane made off from the scene of a road traffic collision which has left one man with life-threatening injures and three other people injured.

At approximately 7.40pm on Thursday 2 November 2006, two police offices in a fully liveried Ford Transit van were driving along Caroline Street in Wigan.

As the van approached the junction with Hodson Street, the officers noticed a Renault Megane estate car driving along the street. They followed the Renault on Wallgate and then onto Queen Street.

On Queen Street, the officers signalled for the Renault to stop. The Renault failed to stop and instead, turned left onto Chapel Lane and onto Riverway where it overtook several vehicles before being in collision with Toyota Yaris, which had been travelling in the same direction.

Both cars received minor damage in this collision and one of the passengers in the Toyota suffered minor injuries.

However, the Renault did not stop, but continued along Riverway, turning right onto Central Park Way and then right onto Greenough Street.

The Renault travelled the length of Greenough Street and was turning left onto Scholes when the officers turned off Central Park Way onto Greenough Street.

A short time later, the officers discovered the Renault on Scholes close to the Colliers Arms pub. It is believed the Renault had been in collision with a Citroen Xantia, which had been travelling towards Wigan.

Inside the Renault was a 21-year-old man with serious head injuries. A 23-year-old who had been travelling in the Renault was found nearby.

They were both taken to Wigan Royal Infirmary. The 21-year-old has since been transferred to Hope Hospital where his condition is described as serious but stable. The 23-year-old has been discharged from hospital.

The driver of the Renault left the scene and has not been traced.

A 21-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman from the Citroen received minor injuries.

A 23-year-old man from Stretford was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and going equipped.

In line with Force policy, this incident has been voluntarily referred to the IPCC.

Anybody with any information about the driver of the Renault, or anybody who witnessed any part of the incident, is asked to contact the Area 1 Road Policing Unit on 0161 856 7201 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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