Search

Police appeal for witnesses to death of Christopher Ritchie

16:47 09 January 2014

Christopher Ritchie, who died on Wednesday November 20

Christopher Ritchie, who died on Wednesday November 20

Archant

Police are seeking witnesses to a crash which led to the death of a man in Manor Park.

Christopher Ritchie was walking along Forest Drive, close to Manor Park railway station, on Wednesday, November 20 when a blue Ford Focus mounted the pavement and crashed into him.

Police and the London Ambulance Service were called at 7.23am, but Mr Ritchie, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a head injury.

Father of three Mr Ritchie, who lived in Heath Road, Chadwell Heath, was on his way to his job as a foreman for Manor Park Cemetary and Crematorium when he was hit.

A man, believed to be the driver, was seen leaving the scene of the collision on foot.

A 38-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision.

Detective Sergeant Helen Lambert from the MPS Road Death Investigation Team said: “This fatal collision took place on a busy highway frequented by many local people and commuters.

“I’m convinced somebody saw something that can help us with our enquires.

“The family are naturally devastated by the loss of their loved one, an innocent family man who was going about his everyday business.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room hotline on 020 8597 4874 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Related articles

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 07:00
Twenty-five Year 7 students have accepted the challenge to complete Tolekein’s ‘The Hobbit’ in an effort to encourage students to read more often and more widely

Ambitious students at a Newham academy remain unfazed after signing up to a challenging reading quest.

Silvertown
Fri, 17:09
Newham Youth Question Time, with Det Supt Ian Lardner, Lyn Brown MP, Cllr Seyi Akiwowo, Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz and Stephen Timms MP,

Students had the chance to grill their members of parliament in the run-up to the general election at Newham Youth Question Time at the Town Hall.

Lyn Brown
Fri, 10:37
Connor Dolam, left, and Alex Eastwood, from Chobham Academy,  join the National Obesity Awareness Week at the Copper Box

Researchers at Cambridge University announced last week that 337,000 deaths a year are caused by “carrying too much weight”.

Fri, 08:24
CCTV image of man police want to question after Stratford hotel incident, March 2014

Police have released this CCTV image today of a man wanted for questioning after a sex attack on a woman in a hotel in east London.

Most read news

People thought the Deputy Prime Minister was pretty funny actually.

Brothers: The David Haines Story, will be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland at 10.30am on Sunday.

Over £30,000 has been raised in a couple of days for a mugging victim, despite the goal only being set at £500.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder