Anniversary appeal launched for 93-year-old man killed in fail to stop collision
February 15, 2013, 10:08 am
Anniversary appeal launched for 93-year-old man killed in fail to stop
The Metropolitan Police Service have today, Friday 15 February, made a
fresh appeal for information one year on from the fatal collision that
killed a 93-year-old World War II veteran in Southwark last year.
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Ernest Maloney, 93, who lived in the Peckham area all of his life, was
attempting to cross Grove Lane, SE5, at 09:10hrs on Wednesday 15
February 2012 when a car turned the corner and collided with him. The
driver immediately drove off. There have been no arrests.
Mr Maloney was taken to hospital in a critical condition, with serious
head injuries, a broken leg and internal injuries. He died on Sunday 26
A post mortem examination gave the cause of death as multiple injuries.
At the time officers believed that the car involved was a Volkswagen
Golf but new forensic information now suggests the car was a five door
Vauxhall Astra, registered from 2009 onwards.
After the incident occurred on Grove Lane, the car failed to stop and it
is believed to have been driven off along Grove Hill Road.
Detective Inspector Mark Cam appealed for anyone with information to
He said: “There would have been some damage to the front of the vehicle.
If you work in the motor industry and have repaired a car matching this
description in the past I would ask that you contact us, your
information could be vital to our investigation.
“I really hope watching this appeal pricks the conscience of the person
involved or someone who has information about the incident, it isn’t too
late to come forward.”
During World War II, Mr Maloney worked around the clock to keep London’s
skies safe from enemy aircraft, operating heavy searchlights as part of
a domestic anti-aircraft team.
He worked for the gas board following the end of the war, was an
extremely active and independent man. He did not own a bus pass and
would often walk three or four miles a day to collect his pension.
Mr Maloney’s niece, Maureen Rolfe, said: “It is now nearly a year since
my uncle was killed and it has devastated our family.
“My uncle was extremely independent, despite his age. What has happened
has had a massive impact on our family and we want whoever is
responsible to come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Catford Road Death
Investigation Unit 020 8285 1574. If you wish to remain anonymous please
call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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