A PEDESTRIAN died after being hit by a car outside a Banbury health club.

The crash happened in the car park of Bannatyne Health Club yesterday and a 74-year-old woman from Banbury died at the scene, despite witnesses' attempts to keep her alive.

The health club chain is run by former BBC Dragon's Den investor Duncan Bannatyne. 

Thames Valley Police has now launched an appeal for information and said the fatal collision happened at about 12.40pm, and involved a grey Toyota Yaris.

It was not a hit and run and the car did stop at the scene, the force said. 

Investigating officer PC Julia Stroud said: "Despite the best efforts of members of the public who attempted first aid and South Central Ambulance Service which attended, the female pedestrian sustained fatal injuries in the collision and sadly was pronounced deceased at the scene."

PC Stroud, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit based in Bicester, added: "We are investigating the circumstances of the collision and I would like to appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision, who has not already spoken to police, to come forward."

No arrests have been made in connection with the collision and the woman's next of kin have been informed of her death.

Anyone who saw what happened can call 101 quoting reference number '690 1/6'.

The health club was closed yesterday afternoon but told customers it would reopen today.