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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Cumbria police appeal for help after man's death

Police are appealing for help with their investigation into a fatal road accident.

Oxford STreet crash photo
Emergency services at the scene

James Henry Smith, 54, died in hospital yesterday morning following a collision with a car on Oxford Street, Workington, at 5.45pm on Tuesday.

Officers are trying to establish how the crash took place and want witnesses to come forward.

Inspector Andy Wilkinson, of the roads policing unit in west Cumbria, said: “Mr Smith was a pedestrian at the time that the collision took place and we are very keen to speak to any members of the community or any passing motorists who may have seen him in the area.

"We need to speak to anyone who believes they may have seen a man, aged in his 50s, wearing a long, hi-visibility yellow jacket and carrying a rucksack attempting to cross the road in the area of Oxford Street near the bus station, or close to the area of Corporation Road.”

Mr Smith, of Hyde Street, Workington, was in collision with a grey Honda CR-V car being driven by 50-year-old woman from the Workington area. She was arrested on suspicion of driving without due care and attention. She has since been released on bail.

Inspector Wilkinson added: “We need to ensure that we speak to as many people as possible who may be able to help us understand the circumstances that led to the collision and, ultimately, Mr Smith’s death.

Anyone who can help with the investigation should call PC David Edwards at the roads policing unit on 101.

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