An enraged BMW driver killed a man in his 40s and ‘seriously injured’ another when he ploughed into them after a disagreement dramatically escalated outside an M&S in a leafy commuter town today.
A desperate call was made to police after the car slammed into two men on Church Street in Walton-on-Thames at 2.15pm.
Police and ambulance crews rushed to an M&S loading bay, but efforts to save one of the men failed and he was declared dead at the scene.
Another had to be airlifted to hospital with serious injuries – but he is expected to recover.
The owner of the vehicle was handcuffed and led away by police. He has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.
Officers were called to an M&S car park on Church Street in Walton-on-Thames at 2.15pm this afternoon after 999 was called because of an ‘altercation between a group of men’
Surrey Police said a man died at the scene and another was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a driver got into his white 1 series BMW and drove at two of the men in the group
The car park has been closed although the M&S store continued trading as normal while officers swarmed the area and experts tried to establish what had happened.
A spokesman said: ‘We would respectfully request that you avoid this area if possible while we continue to carry out further enquiries.’
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Springett said it was understandable the death would ’cause a lot of concern’.
The car park has been closed although the M&S store continued trading as normal while officers swarmed the area and experts tried to establish what had happened
The owner of the vehicle has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder – as the second man is expected to recover
Markings showed key locations where evidence was left as investigations continue into the death of a man in his 40s
Police flocked to the scene as investigations into how a man died have continued this evening
He added: ”From our initial enquiries, it appears that an altercation has taken place, leading to a physical confrontation, which then resulted in one of the group getting into his car and driving at two of the other men.
‘Tragically, this has resulted in the death of one man and left another seriously injured and our thoughts are with their family and friends at this extremely difficult time.’
‘To assist the investigation, I would encourage anyone who has any information, particularly anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone who has any mobile phone or dashcam footage, to come forward, quoting incident reference PR/P21083894.’
Earlier today traffic news service INRIX said: ‘A3050 Church Street in both directions closed, very slow traffic due to accident investigation work from High Street to Sidney Road. The road has been closed for investigation following an accident near the post office.’