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Wisbech pedestrian killed in Elm crash will go home thanks to appeal

A pedestrian who was killed in a collision in Elm last week will be repatriated home thanks to a fundraising appeal.

Mantas Nedveckas, 23, of Wisbech, died in hospital after being involved in a collision with a lorry on the A1101 on Sunday, January 31.

His employers, The Workshop, organised a fundraising appeal to ensure that Mr Nedveckas, who leaves a four-month-old baby, is buried in his home country of Lithuania.

Within two days, the appeal raised £3,290.

Managing director Ruth Whitehurst, who has been helping Mr Nedveckas family, has thanked everyone who rallied round to donate.

She said: “We have been blown away by the kindness of strangers.

“People have been so generous, kind and wonderful.

“His parents are devastated and wanted to bring him home.

“Mantas was a hard-working and family man.”

The appeal was launched on the Go Fund Me website on Wednesday last week.

Donations, including one of £600, have been given by individuals and businesses.

The page states: “Mantas was tragically taken far too early, he was only 23-years-old and had a four-month-old baby.

“Mantas has not been back to Lithuania for three years and this is the last time his parents saw him. It is now his friends and family’s aim to get him home to be buried where he belongs.”

Mr Nedveckas died in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, after suffering serious head injuries.

Norfolk Police closed the A1101, which links Wisbech to Downham Market, for two hours after the incident at 8pm.

Officers are investigating the incident and are appealing for more information.

Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact the serious collision investigation team on the 101 number.

The inquest into Mr Nedveckas death was due to open on Monday.

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