Eastbourne grandfather killed in hit-and-run in Spain

Guardamar del Segura. Photo from Google Maps

Guardamar del Segura. Photo from Google Maps

A grandfather was mowed down and killed by a hit-and-run driver on Sunday night (August 21).

Robert Sneddon, 61, died after being hit by a British-plated Land Rover as he walked along a main road in the Costa Blanca holiday resort of Guardamar del Segura at around 10.30pm.

According to the national press, Mr Sneddon is understood to have spent several years living in Eastbourne before emigrating to Guardamar del Segura, near Torrevieja in Spain.

The Land Rover, which reportedly had several people inside, was abandoned on the N-322, as reported in the national press this week.

Mr Sneddon’s heart-broken daughter, Mandy, has taken to social media to urge the driver to hand themselves in.

She said on Facebook: “I am the daughter of the man who was left dead on the N-332 like an animal.

“I came on holiday for the summer so my little girl could spend time with her grandfather. It was the worst news I have ever had to break or hear.

“If anyone knows anything at all or can think of anything relevant let the police know. The smallest details may help.

“And to the person or people responsible. If you reading this, please come forward.

“You’ll have this on your conscience for the rest of your life. My dad’s rearranged face will haunt me for the rest of my life. My family wants closure. Please. RIP dad.”

A post by the Civil Guard said: “Now it is time to put all our efforts into catching the driver of this British-registered vehicle, a white Land Rover.

“We are sorry for the family and their lost one and we promise to keep working hard until we find the driver.”

On Facebook, a friend of Mr Sneddon, Kath Jeffs, said: “Just like to say RIP to Robert Sneddon who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Spain. God bless.”

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