Fenland MP calls on Highways Agency to take note after latest A47 tragedy

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Police have named a pedestrian who died after being hit by a car on the A47 at Wisbech.

Anita Raikstina, 48, of no fixed abode, died after being hit by a black Volkswagen Touran at about 9.15pm on August 22.

The collision occurred close to the junction with the B198 Cromwell Road and the car was travelling east towards King’s Lynn.

Fenland MP Stephen Barclay is calling on the Highways Agency to take note of this latest tragedy.

He said: “This terrible fatality comes just weeks after the last fatal accident on the A47 in Wisbech. The A47 continues to have far too many accidents. It emphasises the importance of securing investment in this route as a matter of priority to make the road safer in the future for both vehicles and other road users. It is time the Highways Agency woke up and acted before more lives are lost.”

This latest death comes just over a month after pedestrians Tadas Zaleskas, 26, and Nonita Karajevaite, 24, of Church Road, Emneth, died on the A47 at Terrington St John.

The couple, who were walking barefoot along the road, were both pronounced dead on the Lynn-bound dual carriageway close to Mill Road Bridge after being struck by a silver Kia car at 2.15pm on July 20.

Tadas, a factory worker, is believed to have pushed Nonita, a part-time beautician and factory worker, into oncoming traffic. The couple had earlier visited Worzals Farm Shop in Walpole Highway and asked for the police to be called.