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  • 22 July 2014, 20:30

Woman Killed By Car 'May Have Been Pushed'

Two pedestrians killed on a busy Norfolk road had separately asked someone to call the police shortly before their deaths, detectives have revealed.

The man and woman, identified as 26-year-old TadasZaleskas and NonitaKarajevaite, 24,died on Sunday afternoon after being hit by a car on the A47 east-bound at Terrington St John.

Police said the woman's death was being treated as suspicious following accounts by witnesses that she may have been pushed into oncoming traffic.

Both the man and the woman, who were engaged and originally from Lithuania, lived locally in Emneth, Norfolk.

They were walking barefoot towards King's Lynn on the busy dual carriageway at the time.

Mr Zaleskas was a factory worker in March, Cambridgeshire, and Ms Karajevaite - a part-time beautician - also worked in a factory in nearby Wisbech.

Their families have been informed and an inquest will be opened shortly.

Det Chief Inspector Paul Durham said that officers were trying to piece together the pair's movements but help from other witnesses is needed.

The first reported sighting of them is at 12.30pm on the Elm roundabout at Wisbech. At 1.20pm they stopped at WorzalsFarm Shop in Walpole Highway and each asked an assistant to call police, giving no explanation about why.

They left before police were called, the detectivesaid.

He went on: "Witnesses then see them again walking along the verge of the A47 eastbound dual carriageway, where they are struck and killed by a single vehicle at 2.15pm.

"They would have posed an unusual sight - the woman wearing a bright pink vest-top and the man in designer-style jean shorts - both walking barefoot along one of our busiest trunk roads on one of the hottest days of the year.

"We need to find out how and why this tragedy occurred and I would urge anyone who thinks they may have seen them in the area, at any time on Sunday morning, to come forward with information."

:: Anyone with information can call police on 101 orCrimestopperson 0800 555111.

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