An­niver­sary tragedy as man dies in crash

Car was in col­li­sion with a bol­lard in Earl Shilton

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE - DAN MARTIN hinck­ley­[email protected]­plc.com

A NIGHT of cel­e­bra­tion turned to tragedy af­ter a man was killed in a car crash.

The man, in his 30s, and his part­ner had been out in Earl Shilton cel­e­brat­ing their an­niver­sary to­gether on Satur­day night.

The cou­ple were stay­ing at the Trav­ellers’ Inn, in Wood Street.

Around 10 min­utes be­fore the crash, po­lice were called to a car park in the street fol­low­ing a re­port of crim­i­nal dam­age to a green Rover Metro.

The dead man’s brother has told Le­ices­ter­shire Live, his brother, in his 30s, and his part­ner had been out in Earl Shilton cel­e­brat­ing their an­niver­sary.

He said: “It’s awful. He and his part­ner were out cel­e­brat­ing on what should have been a happy night and it ends like this.

“He has a 14-year-old step-son and I have to ex­plain to my four kids that their un­cle is gone.”

AC­CI­DENT HAP­PENED SHORT TIME AF­TER AN­OTHER IN­CI­DENT IN THE CAR PARK

Po­lice are now look­ing into the ex­act cir­cum­stances of the death. Wood Street was closed for about seven hours af­ter the crash so ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tors could as­sess the scene.

Po­lice said the in­ci­dent hap- pened at 11pm on Satur­day, when a green Rover Metro hit a bol­lard in Wood Street.

A force spokesman said the driver was con­firmed dead at the scene.

DC Pete Davies from the force’s Se­ri­ous Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit said: “I am keen to speak to any­one who saw the col­li­sion in Wood Street or saw the car prior to the in­ci­dent hap­pen­ing.

“If any­one was in the area of Wood Street or Le­ices­ter Road and saw the car be­tween 10.50pm and 11pm on Satur­day please con­tact po­lice. In­for­ma­tion you have could help with our in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

A Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice spokes­woman said: “Fol­low­ing en­quiries, two men aged 19 and 32, have been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of crim­i­nal dam­age and re­leased pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“A short time af­ter the ini­tial in­ci­dent the Metro re­turned to the area and col­lided with a street bol­lard re­sult­ing in the death of the driver.”

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion is asked to call po­lice on 101.

AC­CI­DENT: Wood Street, in Earl Shilton

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