Campaign launched to fly body of young Lithuanian man killed near Wisbech back home to his mother
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A campaign has been launched to return the body of a 23-year-old man home to his mother in Lithuania after he died in a collision with a delivery van near Wisbech on Sunday.
Mantas Nedveckas died after the incident as he walked along a main road into Wisbech on Sunday evening.
Now, The Workshop, an employment agency which found his most recent factory job, said it hopes to help find at least £2,000 to return his body to his family where his mother has not seen him since he moved to the UK three years ago.
Ruth Whitehurst, managing director of the agency, said: 'We have known him or some time. Mantas was a hard worker, a nice chap bless him and a handsome young man.
'It is heartbreaking. We have found out it costs at least £2,000 to return a body home by road.
'His mum doesn't even have a bank account but we believe his grandmother in Lithuania does so it is a case of trying to co-ordinate something to get him back home.
'His aunty is in the UK and we believe two other members of his family but they speak limited English so you can imagine when the police called with the news they were not only in shock but had no idea where to turn or who to go to for help.
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'We have translators in the office so have been able to help and support them but we are hoping to do a bit of magic wand waving to help find the funds needed to return him home.'
A witness described the moment he heard a 'horrific bang' and rushed outside to find Mantas by the side of the road. Emergency services battled to save his life but he later died from his injuries.
The collision happened near the Scarfield Lane junction on the Outwell Road/A1101 just before 8pm.
The witness said: 'I looked over my fence and saw the van driver had slowed down and stopped,
'The driver told me 'I've just hit someone' and he went back to see what had happened.'
The road was closed for four hours.
•You can see the fundraising page here
•Anyone who witnessed the collision or has information concerning it should contact Norfolk Police serious collision investigation team on 101.