Update: Potential victim traced in Blackburn attempted murder investigation

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A man believed to have been injured in a collision has been traced following police enquiries.
Christian Rivers, 26, is believed to have been injured by a Fiat Punto Grande which mounted a pavement in Blackburn and collided with two pedestrians.
We were called at around 7:48pm hours last night (Tuesday 19th November) to reports of the incident on Whalley Banks at the junction with Pearson Street.
A 36-year-old woman suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital where she remains in a critical condition.
Police believe the Fiat Punto was driven deliberately at the two pedestrians.
It failed to stop at the scene of the collision. A similar car was later found on Lower Hollin Bank Street with significant front end damage and attempts had been made to set the vehicle on fire. It has now been recovered as part of our investigation.

No arrests have been made at this stage and police are continuing to appeal for anyone with information to come forward.
We are especially keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or who saw the car, registration EX07 PYA, in the moments before or after the collision, to come forward.

We would also like to speak to anyone in the Whalley Banks or Hollin Bridge Street area who has CCTV or dashcam footage to contact us.

Detective Chief Inspector Lee Wilson, said: “This collision has left a woman with some very serious injuries and my thoughts are with her loved ones at this time.

“I have a team of detectives and staff working on this investigation and we are following a number of lines of inquiry to piece together what has happened. We need to trace the people responsible for this dreadful act but we need the public’s help to do that and I would appeal for anyone who has any information which could assist us in our enquiries to come forward. Even if you think the information you have is insignificant please come forward and let us be the judge.”
Anyone with information about the incident should call 101 quoting log number 0915 of November 20th or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
You can also use the Major Incident Portal


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