Murder inquiry as teenage woman dies after car crash in Norfolk village

West winch murder investigation, King's Lynn

A murder investigation has been launched after a young woman was hit by a car in a West Norfolk village. - Credit: Archant

A murder investigation has been launched after a young woman was hit by a car in a West Norfolk village.

Police were called to Leete Way in West Winch, near King's Lynn, just before 7.30pm on Sunday following reports of a disturbance in the street and that a woman had been hit by a car.

Officers were sent to the scene and following further information, police were also dispatched to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Lynn, where the casualty, a woman in her late teens, had been taken.

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A young woman died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn after a crash in West Winch. - Credit: QEH

She was pronounced dead a short time later.

A man aged in his 40s was arrested at the hospital on suspicion of murder and causing death by dangerous driving.

He has been taken to King’s Lynn Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Woman dies after crash in Leete Way, West Winch, Norfolk

A woman has died after a crash in Leete Way, West Winch. - Credit: Archant

Police cordoned off Leete Way while crash scene investigations were carried out.

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Det Chief Supt Kate Thacker, of Norfolk Police, said: “We’re in the early stages of our investigation however we can confirm those involved are known to one another.

"Leete Way has been closed in both direction while initial scene enquiries are carried out and officers will be working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.”

Police have stressed the West Winch incident is totally unrelated to a murder inquiry launched in Downham Market.

Anyone with information about the West Winch incident who hasn’t yet spoken with officers, should call police on 101 quoting incident number 361 of Sunday January 23.

Woman dies after crash in West Winch near King's Lynn

Leete Way is a quiet housing estate on the edge of West Winch, with a number of new-build homes and bungalows - Credit: Archant

At the scene

Reporter Chris Bishop has been at the scene today.

Despite the events of last night, by mid-morning there were few signs anything untoward had happened in this quiet west Norfolk housing estate.

There was no police presence or cordon in place and no immediate indication of what had occurred here.

Neighbours had been getting up to walk their dogs or heading off to work and carrying on their day and a number said they hadn't heard or seen anything.

One woman, who lives on the estate said: "It is very sad business. It is normally really quiet down here and we're probably better off not knowing what happened."

Later in the day, police returned to the scene and uniformed officers went door-to-door in the estate and left by the afternoon.

Civilian investigators continue to speak with people in the community and are asking neighbours if they have CCTV footage which may help with inquiries.