National appeal to trace driver after fatal Christmas Day crash

Police are seeking Rebaz Hussain in connection with a Christmas Day crash.
Police are seeking Rebaz Hussain in connection with a Christmas Day crash.

Wiltshire Police have made a nationwide appeal for help to find a driver after a collision on Christmas Day in which one of his passengers suffered fatal injuries.

In the early hours of 25 December 2012, a blue Audi A6 driven by 27-year-old Rebaz Hussain collided with a wall outside a tyre factory in Melksham.

Mr Hussain and his four passengers were taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Shortly after arrival, one of the passengers, Nerijus Partikas, aged 30, died from his injuries.

Another passenger, a 23-year-old man, was transferred to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol with internal injuries. He was subsequently moved to a hospital at Salford in Greater Manchester. He has since been discharged.

The other two passengers and Mr Hussain were treated and discharged. One of the passengers has lost some of her hearing.

Sgt Barrie Card of the Wiltshire Police Serious Collision Investigation Team said: “Following our initial enquiries we are now in a position to interview Mr Hussain as the driver of the vehicle.

“We are concerned that we have not been able to make contact with Mr Hussain following his discharge from hospital.

“As a result we are now extremely keen to locate him.

“We have visited all his known addresses and locations in the Melksham and Chippenham area, but friends and colleagues say he has not been seen since Christmas Day.

“We are now appealing for anyone who knows of his whereabouts, or who may be in contact with him, to get in touch with us.

“We would also appeal to Mr Hussain to make contact with us at the earliest opportunity.

“Anyone who saw the blue Audi A6, registration number FV02 UGU, and the five occupants in Chippenham town centre at around 3am on Christmas Day, or who then saw the car travelling from Chippenham to Melksham, is also asked to make contact.”

Mr Partikas was originally from Lithuania where his family still live. His funeral has taken place.

Sgt Card said: “A Wiltshire Police family liaison officer is in regular touch with the Lithuanian Embassy in London to ensure that the victim’s family are fully supported as they come to terms with their tragic loss.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Wiltshire Police on 101 and ask for the Serious Collision Investigation Team. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers UK anonymously on 0800 555 111.