A 73-YEAR-OLD man from Faringdon has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a pedestrian was hit on the A34.

He was also taken into police custody on suspicion of driving 'whilst unfit through drink' and failing to stop after a road accident.

UPDATE: Suspect released under investigation after pedestrian killed on A34 

At around 2.15am on Sunday, a silver saloon car was travelling southbound on the A34, approximately half a mile before the Botley Interchange, when it collided with a pedestrian who was in the carriageway.

A 36-year-old man, from Hungerford, died at the scene.

The man’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

Inspector Scott Long, of the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing, based at Bicester, said: “I am appealing for anybody who believes they saw the pedestrian on the carriageway, or witnessed the collision, to contact the 24-hour non-emergency number.

“Likewise, should anybody have any dash-cam footage of the collision, or who may have witnessed the manner of driving of the vehicle, please contact us.

“Sadly, a man suffered fatal injuries as a result of this collision, and our thoughts remain with his family at this time.”

Anybody with any information are urged to call 101, quoting URN 146 (16/12).

The stretch of road was closed off on both sides of the carriageway for the morning, whilst investigation work was carried out. This closure has now been lifted.

The northbound closures were cleared shortly before 8am.