Littleport crash: Man arrested as BMW passenger dies

Crash scene at Branch Bank, Littleport,

Crash scene at Branch Bank, Littleport, - Credit: Archant

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at an accident following a fatal crash in Littleport on Wednesday night.

Crash scene at Branch Bank, Littleport,

Crash scene at Branch Bank, Littleport, - Credit: Archant

The 43-year-old from Ely was arrested yesterday evening after he voluntarily attended Parkside Police Station. He was released on bail to return to Parkside Police Station on August 23.

The incident, which involved a blue Ford Focus and a red BMW 325i, happened at around 9.45pm.

The front seat passenger who was killed in the collision has been formally identified as Jahmel Rashane Grant, 20, of Grove Road, Rochester Medway, Kent.

Another man, the back seat passenger of the BMW, received serious but not life threatening injuries and was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

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The driver of the Ford and her daughters, aged eight and one, received minor injuries.

As previously reported, many residents believe the road has become an accident black spot and one of the worst in the county.

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Parish councillor Geoff Norman said: 'Several of us have had a go at highways with little success.

'I think there have been six cars off the road there in the last fortnight; normally it averages at least one a week off the road there.'

Gavin Haggart said: 'My wife went into the ditch on that second corner heading towards Queen Adelaide and most definitely wasn't speeding. The policeman that attended advised they have spoken to highways many times requesting they resurface that corner using the grippy road surface but the requests fall on deaf ears.''

Another resident said a neighbourhood speedwatch group had recently carried out a survey along the New River Bank which leads into Branch Bank.

Of 153 vehicles checked, 14 were travelling at 46mph in a 40mph zone – the fastest was clocked at 60mph. A quarter of all vehicles were travelling in excess of 41mph.

•Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the road policing unit on 101, quoting incident 560 of June 1.

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