The alleged collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Suffolk Road occurred on Saturday 23 October.
The pedestrian – 40-year-old Clare Gafan from Bournemouth – sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital. She sadly died on Tuesday 26 October and officers have been supporting her family.
It was reported that the vehicle failed to stop at the scene and drove off in the direction of Surrey Road. A black Audi A4, believed to be involved in the incident, was located and stopped in the Northamptonshire area in the early hours of Sunday 24 October.
A full investigation was launched by Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT).
Shaun Hall, 39 from Derby, has been charged with manslaughter and is due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court today (29 October).
A 41-year-old woman from Derby arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender remains released under investigation while enquiries continue.
Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour, of the MCIT, said: “Following a detailed investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service, which authorised the charge.
“The family of Clare Gafan has been updated with this development and our thoughts are with them all at this difficult time.
“This matter is now subject to a court process and as is typical in these circumstances, it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further. It is important that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.
“I would like to remind the public that this matter is now the subject of active court proceedings and it is important to stress that there should be no commentary or sharing of information online or on social media that could potentially prejudice these proceedings.”
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