West Midlands Police have urged the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a cyclist in Walsall in the early hours of this morning to "do the right thing" and hand himself in.
The cyclist, who has not yet been named, sustained a fatal head injury in the collision, which happened on Midland Road, Darlaston, with police alerted to the incident by ambulance staff at 3.35am.
Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes from West Midlands Police's Collision Investigation Unit, said: “We understand the man was knocked off his bike by a car driver just after 3.30am and that the driver sped away from the scene, leaving the cyclist critically injured in the road.
“We have active lines of enquiries into the vehicle suspected of being involved; I would urge the driver to do the right thing and get in touch in order that we can hear their side of the story into what happened.
“A police family liaison officer has been assigned to the man’s family to offer support at this tragic time,” he added.
Anyone with information about the incident, or who witnessed it, is urged to contact the West Midlands Police Collision Investigation Unit on 0121 322 6098 or by email at _invest [at] west-midlands.pnn.police.uk">fl_ collision _invest [at] west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.
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