THE BROTHER of a barman who was killed in a hit and run accident a year ago has made an impassioned plea for the driver to come forward.
As the anniversary of Shaun Metcalfe's death looms, his brother Mark, 36, told the untraced driver the family bore him no grudge and pleaded: "Please come forward. We can't rebuild our lives until we know what happened to Shaun."
In the early hours of 18 January 2004 Shaun was walking home from the Hare and Hounds in Oswaldtwistle with pal Mick Ashby when the accident happened.
Police launched a high-profile campaign to find the driver, who was said to have stopped and reversed after the accident before fleeing the scene in Blackburn Road.
Mark, who lived with Shaun, 34, and mum Jennifer, 51, in Ruskin Avenue, Oswaldtwistle said: "I believe the driver has a conscience because he, or she, reversed to see what happened. It would mean an awful lot to us if the driver came forward.
"I have to stress that there is no lynch mob waiting to string the driver up. We just want to know the facts of what happened that night so we can get our lives re-started.
"Christmas was Shaun's favourite time of year; this was our first without him and it was terrible. It was very emotional. He looked forward to the family getting together. Mum has been finding it very hard to cope, as we all have."
Police believed Shaun was already lying in the road when the car, believed to be a red saloon, hit him.
Witnesses said the car had a white sign on the door and might have been a taxi or delivery vehicle. At the time police staged a reconstruction of the scene, examined CCTV footage of the car and assessed a tyre print from Shaun's shirt, but they all proved fruitless.
Even though it is a year on, Shaun's family have not given up hope of the driver coming forward.
Mark said: "The driver should go to the police and tell them what happened. It can't be easy living with the memory of that night. Coming forward would end the pain for everyone."
A police statement said: "We would appeal for the driver to come forward or if anyone can provide further information with regards to the driver or vehicle involved, to contact road policing at Accrington on 01254 353767."