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Police hunt continues for killer of former boss

Former Blackpool Council chief executive Steve Weaver was killed in a hit-and-run while cycling in France.

Former Blackpool Council chief executive Steve Weaver was killed in a hit-and-run while cycling in France.

A manhunt is still ongoing to catch the man responsible for killing a former Blackpool Council boss in a hit-and-run in France – nearly two weeks after the crash.

Steve Weaver was killed after his bike was involved in a head-on collision with an out-of-control car while he was cycling in the South of France.

The keen cyclist died at the scene and local police launched a search for the driver of the grey Fiat Punto, who fled on foot.

Despite issuing an evofit image of the man police believe was driving the vehicle – which they say may have been stolen – he remains at large. The incident happened at 1.30pm on May 28, while Mr Weaver was cycling along a country road, from Malaucène to Veaux, in Provence. The route is popular with cyclists.

The 64-year-old suffered serious head and arm injuries in the collision. An air ambulance was called but Mr Weaver died before it arrived.

A spokesman for Vaison la Romaine Police said: “Our investigations are continuing.

“We have not found him yet but we are working on it.”

The driver, thought to be in his 20s, abandoned the car in the middle of the road. Despite using police dogs to hunt the man, the trail ran cold and officers have launched a public appeal in a bid to find him.

The former Blackpool Council chief executive worked for the authority for almost a decade, from 2002 until 2011. The father-of-three, who lived in Blackburn, was cremated in France. His ex-wife Ann attended the ceremony. A memorial service will be held in this country, although a date has yet to be decided.

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