Suffolk: Man killed on A14 was Hollesley prisoner

KIRTON: Serving prisoner Carl Samuel was killed while walking on a road – suffering the same fate as a pedestrian he knocked down in an accident.

Samuel, 22, was serving five years at Hollesley Bay for causing death by dangerous driving after hitting and killing a pedestrian.

It is still not clear why he was walking on the A14 near Kirton, but last night his older brother Jason, 29, said Carl had been with his girlfriend, but had got out of the car.

Warm tributes have been paid to Samuel, who was on day release from Hollesley at the time of the accident, which happened at 5.40pm on Saturday.

He was sentenced to five years in September 2009 after being found guilty of offences connected with a road accident in August 2007.

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Samuel, from Dagenham, was speeding on his Yamaha R1 motorbike in Roman Road, Mile End, London, on the wrong side of the road when he ploughed into Mohammed Yad Ali, 56. He did not stop at the scene.

Jason Samuel said his brother, a hip hop MC known as MC Haystee, who visited Garage Nation nights in Ipswich, was devastated by what had happened and extremely sorry.

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“After the accident, people tried to say he didn’t feel it, but he had to live with it every day and he really felt it,” he said.

“He wrote a letter to the man’s family to say how very sorry he was.

“My brother was very family-orientated and he loved the music scene and had lots of friends.

“I will always hold lots of good memories of him. He could be a pain, but when he was good he was really good.”

Last weekend’s accident happened on the Felixstowe-bound carriageway between the Seven Hills junction and the Kirton turn-off.

The road was closed for five hours while police officers dealt with the incident and crash investigators examined the scene. Diversions were set up for drivers via Levington and Martlesham.

Samuel was taken to Ipswich with severe head injuries, but died shortly after arrival.

A police spokeswoman said yesterday that investigations into the circumstances were still continuing and appealed for anyone who saw Mr Samuel walking along the dual carriageway or witnessed the accident to call Sgt Bob Patterson at the serious collision investigation unit on 01473 613500.

n Have you suffered a sudden family bereavement? How did you cope with it? E-mail or write to The Evening Star newsdesk at 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 2AN

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