THE MAN who was killed as he was crossing the road in Topp Way last night is believed to be 65-year-old Colin Olawumi.

The man was using the pedestrian crossing, near the NCP car park, around 10pm when a white Range Rover Sport hit him.

Police and ambulance services rushed to the scene but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving, causing death whilst uninsured and driving whilst over the prescribed limit for drugs.

He is currently in police custody for questioning.

Topp Way was closed in both directions for seven hours overnight as police officers investigated the incident. The road reopened shortly after 5am this morning.

A police spokesman said: "We are still investigating how the collision occured, and whether the car ran red lights or not.

"But we do know that the vehicle was heading in the direction of Chorley New Road and the pedestrian was crossing in the direction of the town centre when the collision happened."

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the collision.

Sergeant Lee Westhead from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “My thoughts are with the man’s family at this devastating time.”  

“We have a man in custody but our investigation has really only just begun so I am hoping that anyone who witnessed the incident will come and tell us what they saw.

“We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have dash-cam footage which catches the incident or the white Range Rover Sport prior to the collision.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police 0161 856 4741 alternatively call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.