Pedestrian in his 40s dies after collision with car in Haverhill

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A man has died after a crash in Haverhill on the A1017 - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A man in his 40s has died after being involved in a collision with a car on the A1017 at Haverhill.

Police were called shortly before 10.30pm on Thursday to the crash, which involved a red Hyundai Getz and a pedestrian.

The pedestrian was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, but died on Sunday after sustaining life-threatening injuries.

The man's death is the fourth road traffic fatality on the county's roads this month, and the 17th this year.

The number has already surpassed 2020's total of 10 deaths on Suffolk roads, although the coronavirus crisis meant fewer people were travelling last year.

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Officers are now appealing for any witnesses to the most recent collision to come forward, along with anyone driving in the area prior to the incident who had a dashcam.

Chairwoman of West Suffolk Council, Margaret Marks, said: "Obviously it is absolutely devastating that somebody has died.

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"My thoughts go out to the family and friends at this sad time." 

Suffolk county councillor David Roach said: "Any death in the area is sad and my condolences go out to their family and friends."

Police have said they are concerned about the rise in the number of fatal collisions this year.

In 2020, there were 10 fatalities and 261 people seriously injured on the roads - 134 of them coming between January 1 and July 31, 2020. 

In addition to the 17 deaths so far this year, 132 people had been seriously injured in crashes on Suffolk roads this year up until July 31.

Police are asking drivers to take more care on the roads and have said they will prosecute anyone who puts other people's lives at risk. 

Earlier this month a "loving partner, daughter and sister" died in a crash on the A12 near Stratford St Mary on August 2. 

Again on the A12, 30-year-old Reece Leslie Mantripp, from Carlton Colville, died in a crash involving two vehicles near Blythburgh on August 4.

Anyone with information about the A1017 crash is asked to contact Suffolk police Serious Collision Investigation Unit, quoting reference CAD 412 of August 19.

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