A MAN has been arrested for failing to stop at the scene of an accident and being unfit to drive after a pensioner was run over in Birdwell yesterday.

The 72-year-old was crossing the road at Sheffield Road, Birdwell near the Shell Petrol Station when a silver Mercedes - driven by a 46-year-old man from   Dodworth - hit him.

The pensioner was left with a head injury and a broken left leg and was taken to the Northern General Hospital for treatment.

The driver of the Mercedes was arrested for failing to stop and being unfit to drive through drink/drugs.

He was not injured in the collision.

Police are appealing for witnesses - anyone with information should contact 101 quoting incident number 281 of 3 December, 2012. Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.