Police appeal for help in fatal M27 crash probe

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POLICE investigating a crash in which an 84-year-old man died still do not know why the vehicle he was driving left the road.

Officers trying to piece together events leading up to the crash on junction nine of the M27 eastbound have launched a fresh appeal for witnesses.

A 47-year-old man had pulled on to the hard shoulder to fix a problem with his vehicle when the accident happened.

He was about to pull away when his vehicle was hit by a Kia Picanto.

Harry Leather, aged 84, from Farringford Road, Southampton, who was driving the Kia Picanto, was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham where he later died.

The Southampton man who was driving the Ford Galaxy suffered minor injuries in the accident at 6pm on February 27. His passenger, a 33-year-old Southampton woman, also suffered minor injuries. She was taken to hospital in Southampton and later discharged.

Sergeant Mark Weller said: ‘Nobody has yet come forward with information about this incident and we need to hear from anyone who saw the collision itself or either vehicle in the time leading up to the collision. At this stage we do not know why the driver of the Kia Picanto went on to the hard shoulder.’

Call Sgt Weller at Fratton Roads Policing Unit on 101 quoting Operation Gilda.