Three men were seen fleeing from a powerful £40,000 BMW M1 moments after striking the elderly man this afternoon.

The pensioner, believed to be in his 70s, was left dying in the road following the collision.

Police have now appealed to the public for information to catch the three men involved.

Police said that officers were called at around 2.30pm today to reports of a collision near the junction of Dunstable Road and Derby Road.

A spokesman said: "A blue BMW M1 was involved in a collision with a pedestrian, who suffered serious injuries.

"The pedestrian, a man in his 70s, was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital but unfortunately died from his injuries.

"Three people in the BMW have left the scene after the collision.

"The driver, described as an Asian male aged in his 20s, of chunky build, with short dark hair and wearing a dark tracksuit, left the scene in a white Toyota car.

"A passenger from the BMW, described as an Asian male also aged in his 20s and of skinny build and wearing a lighter coloured tracksuit, left the scene on foot.

"A third person also fled the scene from the BMW.

"The Junction 11 northbound exit slip road from the M1 has been closed while the police investigation continues."

Inspector Jamie Langwith, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit, said: “We are following a number of lines of inquiry and would urge anyone who was in the area at the time, or remembers seeing either a blue BMW or white Toyota at this time, to get in touch with us as soon as they can.”

Police said they are withholding details of the elderly man who died until all his relatives have been told of the tragedy.

A post mortem examination is expected to be carried out on his body tomorrow and an inquest will be opened and adjourned later in the week.

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