A local family is hoping that the release of footage of the road traffic collision which claimed the life of their mother will encourage witnesses to come forward on the anniversary of her death.
Pedestrian Susan Gravel, 63, died on Saturday 11 March 2017, when she was in collision with a grey BMW on Station Road, near its junction with King George’s Court in Stainforth.
The driver failed to stop and Susan was taken to hospital, where medical staff battled to save her, but she passed away later that day.
As she approaches the first anniversary of Susan’s death and Mother’s Day without her, daughter Claire Gravel is backing the release of the sensitive footage in the hope that it will jog a witness’s memory and encourage them to contact investigators with new information, which could prove vital in identifying the driver.
Claire said: “We had no hesitation in giving officers the ok to release the footage. Despite it being very sensitive and likely to upset viewers, particularly those who knew mum, we need to bring this case back into the light, as the driver has not yet been brought to justice. If the film stirs someone’s conscience or encourages a witness to come forward who may have thought that the investigation had finished, then it will be worthwhile.
“The driver of the car left mum lying in the road without a second thought for her wellbeing and we can only hope that the driver or someone who knew them does the decent thing and comes forward.”
South Yorkshire Police road traffic officer, Temporary Inspector Richard Hunter said: “It’s deplorable that someone would leave the scene of a collision, let alone one where someone was fatally injured. If you saw what happened or know who was driving the car involved, then you must contact us immediately. The driver needs to face justice.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or direct message South Yorkshire Police via Facebook, quoting incident number 841 of 11 March 2017.
A 17-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and released on bail after the collision.
The footage, which some viewers may find distressing, is available to view on the South Yorkshire Police YouTube account HERE.