Floral tributes mark spot where young couple died in bizarre incident on busy A47

Nonita Karajevaite and Tadas Zaleskas. Nonita Karajevaite and Tadas Zaleskas.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
1:21 PM

Decaying flowers and burnt out candles are the only reminders of a tragedy in which a young couple died in a bizarre road incident.

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Tributes at the site where Nonita Karajevaite and Tadas Zaleskas died.Tributes at the site where Nonita Karajevaite and Tadas Zaleskas died.

Around 14 floral tributes together with the candles and two ornate lanterns were left at the spot on the side of the A47 where it is believed Nonita Karajevaite, 24, was pushed to her death in front of a car.

Her fiancé, 26-year-old Tadas Zaleskas, died moments later after being struck by the same silver Kia.

But police are still trying to work out whether Zaleskas deliberately jumped or stumbled to his death.

Two of the tributes come from staff at the Princes Factory in Wisbech where Miss Karajevaite, who was also a part-time beautician, worked.

One card read “sending condolences at this sad time from all at Princes Ltd”. And another tribute included a card to a “special couple” with a message in Lithuanian saying “always in our hearts”.

A spokesman for the food factory in Lynn Road described Miss Karajevaite as “popular” saying: “We are extremely saddened about the loss of a well-liked and popular colleague.”

Neighbours of the Lithuanian couple, who lived in a bungalow in Church Road, Emneth, said they knew nothing about them and that they kept themselves to themselves.

One near neighbour of the couple said: “I didn’t even know they lived there until the police turned up.”

Another woman said: “The Lithuanian community is very close knit and you tend to find people keep themselves to themselves.

“We didn’t know the couple. The trouble is if you’re writing appeals for witnesses then the Lithuanian community may not be able to read it.

“Police knocked at our doors asking if we knew anything but sadly we just couldn’t help.”

The same message was repeated over and over by others.

Police forensic officers were at the detached bungalow where finger print dust still marks the windows and front door following the incident, which happened at around 2.15pm on the Lynn bound carriageway on Sunday, July 20.

Det Chief Insp Paul Durham, who is leading the inquiry, has issued an appeal for witnesses stating there was “sufficient cause for concern that this was more than just a tragic accident”.

He would like to hear from anyone who saw Miss Karajevaite and Mr Zaleskas, who worked at Fenmarc in March, as they walked barefoot along the grass verge of the busy A47 on what was one of the hottest days of the year.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, or call Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.

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