Kirton: Floral tributes left at scene where MC was killed in shocking twist of fate
KIRTON: Two bunches of flowers have been placed in a lay-by next to the roaring traffic of the A14 as a poignant tribute to a young man killed on the dual carriageway.
The flowers – tied to the mesh fence alongside a field and litter-strewn verge – are just yards from the spot where Carl Samuel suffered severe head injuries after being hit by a lorry.
Mr Samuel, 22, of Dagenham, was serving five years at Hollesley Bay for causing death by dangerous driving after hitting and killing a pedestrian.
He had been on day release last Saturday when the accident happened on the Felixstowe-bound carriageway between the Seven Hills interchange and the Kirton turn-off.
Police are still carrying out investigations and appealing for witnesses to come forward to help them piece together his last moments.
Carl Samuel was a hip hop MC known as MC Haystee, who visited Garage Nation nights in Ipswich.
Family friend Kim Olie, who has set up a website for people to record their memories of him, said: “For those who truly knew Carl, knew he had a lot of heart, courage and the power to reach out to you and make you feel safe.”
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She said he would be greatly missed and family and friends would always cherish their memories of him.
Mr Samuel was taken to hospital after the accident but died from his injuries shortly after arrival.
The coroner has been informed and an inquest will be held in due course.
A police spokeswoman said investigations into the circumstances of the accident were still continuing.
She 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.
It is still not clear why he was walking on the A14 near Kirton, but his older brother Jason, 29, said Carl had been with his girlfriend, but had got out of the car.
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