Witnesses saw woman pushed in front of vehicle on A47 where barefooted couple were killed

Nonita Karajevaite (left) and Tadas Zaleskas. Photo: Norfolk Police/PA Wire

Nonita Karajevaite (left) and Tadas Zaleskas. Photo: Norfolk Police/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Witnesses who saw a young couple struck by a car as they were walking along the A47 near Wisbech have told an inquest it appeared the man may have pushed the woman into the road.

Leaving King's Lynn County Court are the family of Nonita Karajevaite. Pictured (R) is sister Dzenit

Leaving King's Lynn County Court are the family of Nonita Karajevaite. Pictured (R) is sister Dzenita Karaziniene. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

They were giving evidence today at the resumed inquest into the deaths of 26-year-old Tadas Zaleskas and his 24-year-old fiance Nonita Karajevaite in July 2014.

The couple - originally from Lithuania but living in Emneth near Wisbech - were engaged to be married.

Lesley Hopwood was a passenger travelling along the A47 with her husband when she could see the couple on the edge of the road 'banging into each other'.

She said: 'It didn't seem to be aggressive but then it happened so quick. I screamed, but suddenly they were both gone.'

Witnesses who had also seen the couple before the collision said they seemed to be in good spirits, whereas others said the pair seemed to be an argument happening between the pair.

Vernon Lee was driving the car that had struck the young couple as they walked in the direction of King's Lynn.

Mr Lee said he gave them enough space when he passed by - but suddenly and for no reason, the man pushed the woman into his car.

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'There was absolutely no logic to it all, he said.' It was only later that he became aware he'd struck the man as well.

He also thought Mr Zaleskas looked at him before pushing his partner.

When the inquest began last month, it was told Tadas Zaleskas and Nonita Karajevaite had called at a farm shop close to the A47 and asked staff to call the police before leaving.

Earlier, the couple had posted their house keys through the letter box at their home, in Church Road, Emneth, and they had dismantled their mobile phones.

The medical cause of death for Mr Zaleskas was recorded as severe head injuries and Miss Karajevaite was multiple injuries.

Assistant coroner for Norfolk, David Osborne's conclusion was death from a road traffic collision for both.