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Five held after cyclist dies in hit and run

PUBLISHED: 11:50 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:22 12 August 2010

VICTIM: Graham Thwaites.

VICTIM: Graham Thwaites.

A 51-YEAR-OLD cyclist was killed after being hit by a 4x4 in a hit and run incident. Graham Thwaites, from Orpington was riding in Leesons Hill at the

A 51-YEAR-OLD cyclist was killed after being hit by a 4x4 in a hit and run incident.

Graham Thwaites, from Orpington was riding in Leesons Hill at the junction with Highfield Road last Thursday at 8.30pm when a blue Mitsubishi Shogun crashed in to him.

Police believe there was an altercation between the Blue Shogun and a second car, a blue Vauxhall Vectra, at an earlier set of traffic lights. Both cars then sped along Leesons Hill when Mr Thwaites was hit.

He suffered massive injuries and was taken to Kings College Hospital but died during the early hours of Friday. Neither of the cars stopped at the scene but both have since been traced.

The Vauxhall Vectra stopped nearby in Beddington Road and four men, aged 25, 23 and two aged 22 were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The Mitsubishi Shogun was found abandoned in Cricket Ground Road, Chislehurst, a few hours later.

A 33-year-old man wanted in connection with the incident handed himself in at Bromley police station on Friday morning and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Leesons Hill was reopened at 5.50am on Friday. Police are particularly keen to trace anyone who saw the blue Vauxhall Vectra and who was driving it.

Sergeant Simon Seeley, leading the investigation, said: "I would ask anyone who was in the area and could help identify those people in the Vectra, in particular describe who was driving at the time and saw either the collision or events immediately before or after it to get in touch with us."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Collision Investigation Unit at Catford on 020 8285 1574 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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