A pedestrian has died following a collision in Freshwater tonight (Friday).
Police said a man, aged in his seventies, was trapped underneath a white Ford courier van just after 7pm.
He died at the scene in Copse Lane.
Police are in the process of informing next-of-kin and the man’s name won’t be confirmed until formal identification procedures are completed.
The driver of the Ford, a 75-year-old man from Freshwater, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and taken to Newport police station for questioning.
He was not injured.
Copse Lane is closed while police examine the scene.
Investigating officer Sergeant Rob Heard of Hampshire Constabulary’s Road Death Investigation Team said: “We are appealing to anyone who saw an elderly man walking in or near Copse Lane shortly before 7pm this evening.
"Any information about this man’s movements prior to the collision is important.
"I am equally keen to be contacted by witnesses who saw a white Ford Courier van being driven in the Freshwater area around the same time.
"Police are making enquiries into reports of other motorists using Copse Lane.
"I would urge these people to come forward and tell us what they saw.
"No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the actual collision but other motorists could prove to be crucial witnesses to the circumstances surrounding this death.”
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary’s Road Death
Investigation Team at Eastleigh Police Station by phoning 101.
Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.