A man in his 80s is fighting for hie life following the crash in Sparkhill (Image: BirminghamLive/ WS)

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The hunt is on for a driver who left a pensioner for dead in a suspected hit-and-run crash in Birmingham on Saturday morning..

Police say the motorist was driving a Mazda MX-5 on Stratford Road in the Sparkhill area at around 11.35am when he hit the pedestrian.

The driver is then claimed to have got out of the car and fled on foot as the man, aged in his 80s, was left with life-threatening injuries.

The victim is now fighting for his life in hospital while efforts are underway to trace the hit and run driver, police said.

In a new statement, West Midlands Police urged anyone who witnessed the collision or who has information to get in touch, Birmingham Live reports.

An Air Ambulance landed near the scene
(Image: BirminghamLive/ WS)

A spokeswoman for the force said: "A man has been taken to hospital after being struck by a car on Stratford Road in Sparkbrook this morning (June 26).

"The man, in his 80s, suffered life-threatening injuries, as the driver of the Mazda MX-5 made off on foot.

"Efforts are now on-going to trace him, as officers appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

"Stratford Road remains closed between the Shell garage and the junction of Oakwood Road while collision investigators examine the scene to establish what happened.

"They are also speaking to witnesses and trawling CCTV.

"The collision investigation team can be contacted on [email protected], or via Live Chat on our website, call 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

The road has been closed with motorists earlier warned of delays on the A34 due to the closure.

An air ambulance could be seen taking off from Sparkhill Park and Stratford Road was lined with emergency services following the serious injury collision.