Kirton: Investigation continues into death of prisoner on A14

It will be months before a full inquest is held into the tragic death of a young man on the A14, it emerged today.

The prison service and Suffolk police’s collison investigation team are carrying out a joint inquiry into the incident, in which Carl Samuel suffered fatal head injuries after being hit by a lorry.

A spokeswoman for the coroner’s office said an inquest had been opened and adjourned so that Mr Samuel’s body could be released to his family for a funeral, but did not expect a full hearing to be held for some time.

Meanwhile, a floral shrine is growing next to the A14, close to the spot where the accident happened.

Thirteen bunches of flowers have now been tied to the mesh fence alongside a field and litter-strewn verge in the lay-by on the Felixstowe-bound carriageway between the Seven Hills interchange and the Kirton turn-off.

One of the bunches has a simple message attached to it, saying, in loving memory of a son, brother, nephew and cousin, “our friend, our protector, rest in peace”.

Mr Samuel, 22, of Dagenham, was on day release from Hollesley Bay, where he was serving five years for causing death by dangerous driving after hitting and killing a pedestrian.

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He was a hip hop MC known as MC Haystee, who visited Garage Nation nights in Ipswich.

It is still not clear why he was walking on the A14 near Kirton, but his older brother Jason, 29, said Mr Samuel had been with his girlfriend, but had got out of the car.

Mr Samuel was taken to hospital after the accident, but died from his injuries shortly afterwards.