Appeal to friend over fatal A12 collision

STEPHEN PULLINGER A woman who saw her Lithuanian friend knocked down and fatally injured in front of her vanished from the scene before police could speak to her.

STEPHEN PULLINGER

A woman who saw her Lithuanian friend knocked down and fatally injured in front of her vanished from the scene before police could speak to her.

PC Simone Sutcliffe tonight appealed to the woman, also believed to be from Eastern Europe, to contact her as a vital witness to the collision on the A12 in Yarmouth.

She said: “I want to stress she is not in any trouble. We want to talk to her as a witness and also possibly to help us contact other family members of the victim.”

PC Gary Petengell, who was presented with a prestigious award on national television in the Baltic state after teaching himself Lithuanian to communicate with East Europeans migrants to Yarmouth, has also been drafted in to trace relatives of the man who police have named as 38-year-old Azunois Seskevieuis.

The accident involving a Land-Rover Freelander occurred at about 8.45pm on Thursday, 500m north of the Gapton Hall roundabout. Mr Seskevieuis was taken to the James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, by ambulance, but later died from his extensive injuries.

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PC Sutcliffe said: “He was in the carriageway on the Tesco side of the road. We don't know whether he was crossing from Tesco to the opposite side or vice versa, or whether he was walking along the road.”

Police do not know whether the victim was married, but they are working on the theory he was living and working in the town.

PC Sutcliffe said: “It would take local knowledge to be aware of the cut-through used by pedestrians to the A12 at that spot.”

The mystery woman is known to be of East European appearance and to speak with an East European accent.

She is described as about 40, 5ft 7in, with dark hair in a bob style. She was wearing a fleece top of unknown colour.

PC Sutcliffe said: “We are also appealing for other possible witnesses who may have seen the collision or the manner of driving of the Freelander prior to it.”

Witnesses are invited to contact either PC Sutcliffe or PC Pettengell by ringing 0845-4564567.

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