Police name A12 debris victim

A MOTORIST has lost his fight for life three days after being hit in the head by a piece of flying debris that crashed through his car windscreen.

A MOTORIST has lost his fight for life three days after being hit in the head by a piece of flying debris that crashed through his car windscreen.

Rene Vargas, 47, from Irvine Road in Colchester, died at Queen's Hospital in Romford after suffering serious injuries in the freak accident on the A12 near Marks Tey.

At about noon on Saturday Mr Vargas and his wife were travelling along the southbound track of the busy dual carriageway when the piece of metal sheeting was swept up into the air by another car.

It is not known how the debris came to be on the carriageway but police have seized a truck in connection with the incident.


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Mr Vargas was taken by ambulance to Queen's Hospital, which specialises in head injuries, in a critical condition but his death was announced yesterday morning.

Officers have again appealed for people who were on the London-bound A12 in the lead-up to the crash to come forward with any information that may help their investigation.

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A police spokesman said the drivers of two distinctive vehicles had been urged to get in touch with officers.

She said the drivers of a white minibus and a white mini, possibly a convertible, which both swerved to avoid the debris, could help the investigation.

A spokesman said: “These drivers are potential witnesses and can assist police to piece together the events that led to the crash.

“In addition, officers are keen to hear from anyone who was travelling along the A12 on the London-bound track at around 11.30am to 11.50am who may have information that could assist their inquiries.”

The spokesman said it was too early to confirm if the seized truck was definitely involved but said forensic tests were now taking place.

Anyone with information can contact officers at the Stanway Road Policing Unit on 0300 3334444.

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