A 51-YEAR-OLD man has died after being hit by a car as he crossed the A64 on foot. 

The man is understood to have visited the BP garage and had crossed the eastbound road at Bilbrough when he was hit by a silver Hyundai i10.

Garage staff reported the crash to emergency services at 10.30pm yesterday. 

Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.  He is understood to be from the local area.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "His family have been informed, however we are not in a position to release his identity at this time."

The road remained closed for much of the night as traffic investigators examined the scene. It was finally re-opened at 4.30am. 

The driver of the Hyundai spoke with police, North Yorkshire Police said.

The A64 at Bilbrough has become a notorious stretch of road due to the high number of accidents in the area. 

Earlier this year talks were held between the Highways Agency and Selby and Ainsty MP Nigel Adams and local councillor Richard Musgrave about the safety of the A64 at Bilbrough following a string of crashes, including fatal collisions in which pedestrians were hit while crossing the road. 

However, highways bosses gave a cool reception to calls for a 50 mph limit on a stretch of the A64 between York and Tadcaster.

in November 2013, 46-year-old Martine Bongani, of Leeds, died after she was hit as she crossed the A64 at Bilbrough after failing to flag down a bus following a job interview at the Travelodge. 

In December 2011, Leslie Hughes, 60, died after being struck by vehicles as he crossed the road near Bilbrough. He had got off a bus and tried to cross the dual carriageway on a dark night when he was struck.

In a second crash last night, a Citroen C4 overturned in a crash in Malton Road near the Hopgrove roundabout after colliding with the central reservation. No-one was injured in the crash.

Police were called at around 10.35pm.

Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision on the A64 to contact them with information.

Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for Traffic Constable Zoe Billings or the Major Collision Investigation Team.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to MCIT@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk Please quote reference number 12140216735 when passing information about this incident.