New call from crash investigators to name man killed crossing Northamptonshire M1 in 2019
Crash investigators have launched a new appeal in a bid to identify a suspected illegal immigrant who was killed crossing the M1 in Northamptonshire in 2019.
Officers explored several investigative leads around the world after the ‘John Doe’ sped onto the southbound carriageway but was then struck by multiple vehicles traveling at 70mph on the north side.
Earlier this month, a driver told an inquest about the harrowing moment the pedestrian slammed into his car.
She said: “My boyfriend and I were singing along to music and he was on the phone.
“I had just passed exit 18 of the highway when I saw a person sit on the driver’s side of my car. Before I could do anything, the person crashed into my car.
“The impact was a loud noise. I slammed on my brakes. I screamed and was hysterical. I was screaming that I had hit someone.
Coronor Anne Pember ruled the death accidental, but Northamptonshire Police have not given up hope of identifying the victim.
Police believe the man, believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, may have pulled into a lorry to enter the UK.
But so far, their only clues to its origin have been a French SIM card and a few euros.
A spokesman for the force’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: ‘Officers have pursued a number of investigative leads in an effort to identify him, including calls to the media and the distribution of his DNA and his fingerprints on an international scale.
“Unfortunately, we have not yet been able to trace his family or anyone who knows him.
“Shortly after his death, an expert from Liverpool John Moores University produced an e-fit to show what the man would have looked like in the hope that someone would provide information on his identity.
“We are circulating this image again in the hope that someone who knows him will contact us.”
The man is described as being in his late teens or early twenties, about 5ft 1in tall with black hair and brown eyes. He had a wispy growth of facial hair and what appeared to be an old piercing in his left earlobe. He also had two faint linear scars 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 gray sweater, and black jeans. He also had a phone charger with a European plug, a few euros and a Samsung mobile phone with an Orange France SIM card in it.
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A spokesperson added: “It is suspected that he entered the country illegally, got off a lorry and for unknown reasons crossed the carriageway southbound on the M1, successfully crossing all three lanes , before being hit while trying to then cross the roadway heading north.
Alternatively, those with information can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.