Ipswich: Leading clergyman expresses sadness that revellers failed to help dying man
10:21 05 November 2012
A TOWN vicar has today spoken of his sadness after a young father lay dying in an Ipswich street as revellers passed by, failing to stop and help.
Collapsed in a pool of vomit, Donatas Kislauskas was found in Queen Street, Ipswich at around 6.50am on Saturday.
As police officers try to piece together the 29-year-old’s last movements it is feared he may have been lying in the cold for hours before being discovered.
It is understood Mr Kislauskas, who was Lithuanian and lived in Wherstead Road, was intoxicated and had been enjoying a night out prior to his death.
Today, Rev Paul Daltry told The Star he was saddened to learn others hadn’t stopped to help in the “tragic” incident.
He said it was unfortunate the Town Pastors – a group of volunteers who offer help and advice to night-time revellers – stop patrolling at 4am.
“The roll of the Town Pastors is to help those in a similar situation at night times,” he said. “We would have been able to help.
“I have seen times when people do help others but at the same time people would pass by and continue on the other side of the road.
“It is simply tragic.”
He added: “I think that everyone needs to look after each other and to ensure that no friends are ever left alone when intoxicated.
“I pass on my condolences to everyone involved.”
A number of market traders told The Star that when help arrived the man was “turning blue” and “coughing up blood”.
One trader, who asked not to be named, said: “All I know is that I was driving in and then the police were there. Later there were forensics and I guessed that was why the road was closed.
“A police officer told me that when they arrived his lips had turned blue, so I think he could have been there for a long time.
“He also said people had walked past him and done nothing. He was just left.”
Paramedics treated him for a cardiac arrest but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service said the initial call to the ambulance control room suggested Mr Kislauskas, who is understood to have a young son, had suffered a head injury.
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