Man and his dog killed after being hit by a car while they walked along the pavement
17:29 GMT, 14 December 2012
A man has been arrested in connection with a suspected hit and run after a man and his dog died when they were hit by a car.
The 21-year-old man, from Lichfield, was arrested in the city on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and taken into custody by Staffordshire Police at Burton for interview.
The collision happened on the A5127 Burton Road in Streethay at around 7.40am.
The scene where a man and his dog were killed as they walked on the pavement in Lichfield today
The man, believed to be local, was pronounced dead at the scene along with his dog
The victim, believed to be a local man who was walking his dog, was on the pavement when a car, which was travelling from the A38 towards Lichfield city centre, was in collision with him.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and the dog also died.
The small light-coloured car – believed to be a Rover – did not stop but carried on towards Lichfield.
The A5127 is closed between the Cappers Lane/Eastern Ave traffic island and the A38 junction while officers begin a full investigation. One lane of the southbound A38 past Streethay has also been closed.
Staffordshire Police said they are appealing for witnesses following the fatal road traffic collision
Three rapid response vehicles, one driven by a senior paramedic officer, attended along with an ambulance crew.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: 'Unfortunately, nothing could be done to save the man who was confirmed dead at the scene.'
Neighbours living close to the scene yesterday reacted with shock to the incident.
Mary Powell, 61, said: 'It's such a tragedy. It's the last thing you'd expect to happen while enjoying a morning walk with your dog.'
Staffordshire Police appealed for witnesses following the arrest and urged them to call the force direct or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.