Kensington crash: Elderly man dies after BMW 'hit-and-run' in west London

Patrick Grafton-Green
Fatal crash: An elderly man was rushed to hospital but died in the early hours of Sunday: Google Street View

A suspected hit-and-run driver is being hunted by police after an elderly pedestrian was killed by a car in west London.

The man was struck in Hammersmith Road, Kensington, shortly before 9.30pm on Saturday night, the Met Police said.

Paramedics rushed the 81-year-old victim to a central London hospital where he died in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Officers later found the car, a silver BMW 5 Series, abandoned in nearby Stanwick Road, although no arrests have been made.

Launching an appeal for witnesses, a Scotland Yard spokesman said officers are "particularly keen to speak with anyone who saw the car being abandoned".

They said police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 9.27pm on Saturday to reports of a silver car in collision with an elderly pedestrian on Hammersmith Road at the junction with Edith Road.

The man was taken to hospital where he died at 1.15am on Sunday.

The victim has not been formally identified although his next of kin have been informed, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit's witness appeal line on 020 8543 5157 or to call 101.