Police appeal to trace family of Lithuanian man killed after discharging himself from hospital
POLICE launched an appeal tonight to find family or friends of a Lithuanian man from Wisbech man killed in a road accident ten days ago.
The identity of the man remains a mystery and police are desperate to track his next of kin.
The man had been stopped in Staithe Road, Wisbech, on August 28 and had head injuries. Police called an ambulance and he was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn.
However the following morning, at about 1.40am, he discharged himself and a short while later was fatally inured whilst walking along the A149 close to the hospital.
“Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Team are appealing for information regarding the identity of the man,” a spokesman for Norfolk Police said today.
The man, in his mid 30s, died after being involved in a collision with a black Ford Fiesta. Investigations into the accident continue.
“All normal lines of enquiry into the identity of the pedestrian, a foreign national, have been exhausted and officers have taken the rare step of appealing to members of the public for assistance,” said the spokesman.
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“In the early hours of the morning he had discharged himself. It is presumed he was attempting to walk back to Wisbech when sadly he received fatal injuries as a result of the collision and died at the scene.”
Mr Steve Matthews, Senior Investigator for the Serious Collision Investigation Team, commenting on the investigation so far said: “We decided to take this unusual course of action to try and identify the victim as we are sure that somewhere, be that here or in his home country, there are people that care about him and our enquiries so far to name him have proved unsuccessful.
“The man, a Lithuanian, spoke to interpreters at the hospital regarding his treatment, but spoke very poor English. We believe he may have only been in the country for a couple of months but did not appear to be living rough so perhaps had a residence probably in the Wisbech area.
“He was 5ft 8in to 5ft 10ins tall and at the time of the incident was wearing black denim trousers, a black T-shirt, black trainers and a black and white flecked cotton jumper. He had two packs of cigarettes on him, a brand known as Jin Lang (they are made in China and Russia) and a quantity of English money.
“We would ask that anyone who has information regarding the identity of this man contact me or PC Steve Tyrrell in the SCIT directly.”
Steve or a member of his team can be contacted on 0845 456 4567.