Appeal launched after man dies on Hitchin A505 – hours after campaigners call for traffic calming measures in the Comet

The East Anglian Air Ambulance near to the scene of the crash on the A505 in Hitchin. Picture: John

The East Anglian Air Ambulance near to the scene of the crash on the A505 in Hitchin. Picture: John Beal - Credit: Archant

An appeal for witnesses has been launched after a man died on a stretch of road yesterday – the very same day the Comet highlighted a traffic calming measures campaign.

A man in his 80s was driving a red Jaguar along Offley Road A505 when the car crashed into a wall of a property near to the junction of Pirton Road and Offley Road at about 2pm.

The driver was taken to Lister Hospital in Stevenage following the accident, with the road closed until 4.15pm.

A woman in her 60s, who was a passenger in the Jaguar, sustained slight injuries.

Prior to the crash, Jane Tobitt – part of the Offley Road Action Group – told the Comet: “We’ve been campaigning to introduce traffic calming measures – how long before someone dies on our stretch of road?”


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PC Helen Carter from the Forensic Collision Investigation Unit is investigating.

She said: “Our thought’s are with the man’s family at this very difficult time. We will be supporting them with a specially trained family liason officer.

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“As part of my investigation, I would like to speak with anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the Jaguar being driven prior to the incident to contact me as soon as possible.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Carpenter on 01438 757500, quoting reference ISR 362 of August 13.

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