Levington: Inquest date still not fixed for prisoner killed on A14

Carl Samuel, who died in an accident on the A14 at Levington in January, 2011.

Carl Samuel, who died in an accident on the A14 at Levington in January, 2011. - Credit: Archant

An inquest has still not been held into the death of a young serving prisoner killed on the A14 on the Felixstowe peninsula – nearly two-and-a-half years after the accident.

Hip-hop MC Carl Samuel, who was serving a prison sentence in Hollesley Bay for causing death by dangerous driving, died on January 15, 2011, after being struck by a lorry.

He was walking along the dual carriageway when the incident happened. He was on day release from Hollesley Bay prison, where he was serving a five-year sentence.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police confirmed that a date for Mr Samuel’s inquest had still not been set.

The case is a complex one and several different organisations have been asked by the coroner to produce reports and evidence to put before the hearing.


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The police spokeswoman said: “The family of Mr Samuel have asked for some particular items to be part of the inquest and we are now expecting a hearing to take place in July or August once all the information is ready.

“Inquiries for some inquests are more complicated than others with a lot of factors to take into consideration because of the circumstances.”

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The inquest could be heard before a jury.

Mr Samuel, 22, from Dagenham, Essex, was taken to Ipswich Hospital with severe head injuries following the incident but he died on arrival.

The Stratton Hall stretch of the dual carriageway, near Levington, was closed for five hours as police tried to piece together exactly what happened in the moments leading up to Mr Samuel’s death.

Family friend Kim Olie, who set up a website for people to record their memories of him, said: “For those who truly knew Carl, knew he had a lot of heart, courage and the power to reach out to you and make you feel safe.”

Mr Samuel was convicted in 2009 of causing death by dangerous driving when he was speeding on his Yamaha R1 motorbike in Roman Road, Mile End, London, on the wrong side of the road when he struck Mohammed Yad Ali.

He failed to stop at the scene.

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