Mantas can be safely returned from Wisbech to his family in Lithuania after a Go Fund Me page raises more than £4,000
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The body of a man who died in a collision on the outskirts of Wisbech can be safely returned to his family in Lithuania thanks to generous donors who raised £4,060 in less than a week.
Factory worker Mantas Nedveckas, who has a four month old baby, will be taken home to his grieving family by road by a funeral director company that specialises in such journeys.
The Go Fund Me page to return the body of the 23 year old to his parents was launched on Wednesday (3) after he died in a collision with a delivery van as he walked along a main road into Wisbech.
The Workshop, an employment agency in the Horsefair, which found his most recent factory job, set up the fund raising page to return him to his parents who have not seen him since he moved to the UK three years ago.
Ruth Whitehurst, managing director of the agency, said: “We have been blown away by the generosity of the local community. So many individual donations, also one donation of £380 another of £600. It is unbelievable.
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“We had no idea the support would take off like this, what can we say, absolutely amazing that people have had such big hearts to support the family.
“It doesn’t matter what country a person is from, what race, creed, what matters is a young man has lost his life in tragic circumstances and people have rallied round to help. Amazing.”
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Mrs Whitehurst is now liaising with the Lithuanian funeral directors and awaits their bill so that it can be paid and then arrangements made to take his body home once it has been released by Norfolk Police following formal identification.
An inquest is yet to be opened into his death.
“He has an aunty who lives locally who is eight months pregnant, they are beside themselves as they were left with little information by police on what to do. Our translators in the office were able to liaise and help make arrangements. They felt totally lost,” she said.
A witness described the moment he heard a ‘horrific bang’ and rushed outside to find Mantas sprawled 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 on Sunday January 31.
To donate visit Go Fund Me.