The parents of Kalan Fletcher who died in a hit and run collision a year ago today (Monday, October 22) have made an appeal for the driver to come forward.
Kalan, 23, died whilst walking along London Road, Hassocks. He had been out in Brighton and was walking a friend home when he was hit by a Ford van that police traced later that day in Worthing.
Police are seeking Imran Shaukat, 27, who they believe may hold vital information in relation to this tragedy and are offering a £5,000 reward for details that will lead to his arrest and conviction.
Kalan’s mother Stella Hawker is desperate for Mr Shaukat to come forward.
She said: “I can understand him being scared and leaving that night but I cant understand why it has taken him so long to come forward. It’s a torment for my kids. Kalan has gone. He isn’t going to turn up at the door and in their eyes there is no closure.
“We need to end this torment. Shaukat should do the humane thing and come forward. I would appeal to anyone who knows him to call the police as to his whereabouts.”
Kalan’s father Steven Fletcher said: “Kalan’s family, friends and I want anyone with information regarding the fatal hit and run collision or the whereabouts of the driver, Imran Shaukat, to come forward. We believe he might be in the London area and anyone with information leading to his conviction could be rewarded with £5,000. Please, please come forward.”
Sgt Peter Verney said: “I hope the reward will prompt people to come forward. I believe that Imran Skaukat, a Pakistani national, is still in this country possibly under a false identity.
“I am appealing particularly to the Asian community to assist us in tracing him. Mr Skaukat has forged many friendships since he arrived in this country five years ago and I would urge anyone who may know where he is to think of Kalan’s family and the torment they are under.
“Having fled the scene Mr Skaukat returned home to Worthing and later that day travelled to Luton. It appears then he has travelled to London a few days later.
“We are following a number of leads and on the anniversary of his death urge anyone who knows where he might be to get in touch.
“They can call the police directly on 101 quoting Operation Primary or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Any information provided will be treated in confidence.”