Police Search for Hit-and-Run Suspects in Serious Three-Car Crash on A2 near Bluewater Shopping Centre

Police are on the lookout for a man and a woman after a serious three-car crash on the A2 near Bluewater shopping centre in Dartford. The driver and passenger of one of the vehicles involved reportedly left the scene, prompting a search by authorities.

The incident occurred on the coastbound carriageway of the A2, shutting down the road for over 15 hours on Friday. The closure was necessary for police to conduct accident investigation work, but the road was reopened at about 3pm.

According to witnesses, the crash happened around 10:40pm between the B255 Bean Interchange and A2260 turn-off for Northfleet and Ebbsfleet. Three cars were involved – a black Ford Fiesta, a blue Audi S3, and a blue MG HS.

One passenger in the Fiesta was seriously injured and had to be airlifted to a London hospital. The driver and another passenger were also treated for injuries, but they are not believed to be serious.

Police are now searching for the driver and passenger of the Audi, who reportedly left the scene before officers arrived. Matthew Sparkes and Kitty O’Brien have been added to the most wanted list in connection with the crash.

Both Sparkes and O’Brien are described as white and in their 20s. They were last seen walking away from the scene on foot. Sparkes is described as slim with short blonde hair, while O’Brien is of medium build with shoulder-length blonde hair.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to call 999, quoting reference 46/26784/24.

The London-bound carriageway was also temporarily closed to allow an air ambulance to land. Kent Fire and Rescue Service issued a warning to drivers to avoid the area due to heavy delays.

The Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) of Kent Police is currently investigating the crash and is appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or has CCTV or dashcam footage to come forward. The SCIU can be reached at 01622 798538, quoting reference JW/LB/016/24, or via email at sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk. Evidence can also be submitted through the public portal.

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