Police relaunch appeal to identify man killed while trying to cross M1 near Rugby - The Rugby Observer

Police relaunch appeal to identify man killed while trying to cross M1 near Rugby

Rugby Editorial 12th Aug, 2022   0

AN APPEAL to identify a man who died when he was hit by several vehicles while trying to cross the M1 near Rugby in 2019 has been relaunched.

A man crossed the southbound carriageway of the motorway close to the DIRFT terminal at junction 18 just before midnight on Friday November 29, 2019.

He then climbed over the central reservation and, while crossing the northbound carriageway, was hit by a car which then pulled over.

The man was then struck by further vehicles, none of which stopped, and died at the scene.

Since then, officers from Northamptonshire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit have not been able to find his family or anyone who knows him, despite having pursued a number of lines of enquiry including media appeals and circulating his DNA and fingerprints internationally.

Following the man’s inquest – which was held earlier this month in Northampton with a cause of ‘accidental death’ being recorded by the Coroner – the force is circulating an e-fit image showing what the man would have looked like.

The man is described as being in his late teens or early 20s, around 5ft 1in tall, with black hair and brown eyes. He had a wispy growth of facial hair and what looked like an old piercing in his left ear lobe. He also had two faint linear scars, about 1.5cm and 3cm long, on the back of his lower left arm.

At the time of his death, he was wearing a black, long-sleeved top marked with the words ‘The Urban Club, Bronx’, a black and grey jumper, and black jeans. On his person he had a European plug phone charger, some euros and a Samsung mobile phone with an Orange France sim card in it.

It is suspected he may have entered the country illegally and disembarked from a lorry before trying to cross the motorway.

Anyone who recognises the man or knows who he might be is asked to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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