Haxby Road death: 21-year-old victim named, three in custody

12 Oct 2014 @ 3.47 pm
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Haxby Road was closed for some time after the accident. Photograph: Google Streetview
Police have named the man who died after being hit by a taxi in the early hours of Saturday. He was 21-year-old Sam Wilson from Haxby.

He died after the collision on Haxby Road, York, at 1.48am on Saturday, October 11. It is believed the victim had been involved in a violent incident before the accident.

Detectives investigating his death are urging two local men to come forward immediately.

Detective Inspector Andrea Kell, of York CID, said: “The men we are looking for know that we need to speak to them as a matter of urgency.

“I urge them to come forward and contact the police immediately. It is in their own best interests to do so, sooner rather than later.

“Officers have already visited a number of addresses to which the two men have links. They will continue to actively search for them until they have been traced.”

Detective Inspector Kell added: “I am also asking for anyone who witnessed the violent incident or the collision, which led to this tragic death, to contact the police straight away, as they may have vital information which could progress my enquiries.”

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A 20-year-old York man who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter remains in police custody.

Also in custody are a 16-year-old girl and a 20-year-old woman, both from York. They are assisting police with their enquiries.

Two men, both 18 and from York, have been released on bail to allow for further police enquiries.

A 22-year-old local man who was arrested following the incident has been released from police custody and faces no further action.

Anyone who can assist with this investigation should contact York CID on 101, select option 2 and ask for the department by name.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to [email protected].

To provide information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Please quote police reference number 12140175183.


From Saturday, October 11, 2014

Man, 21, killed in road accident after ‘violent incident’ in York

A 21-year-old man was knocked down and killed by a taxi in York after what police are describing as a “violent incident”.

At 1.48am on Saturday (October 11), York police were alerted about a violent disorder involving a group of men near the Nuffield Hospital.

Minutes later, as officers were en route to the initial incident, a taxi driver called the emergency services to report that his silver Volvo S80 saloon car had been in a collision with a pedestrian nearby on Haxby Road.

Paramedics, firefighters and police officers did everything they could to save the seriously injured man but he died at the scene.

His family have been informed but the police have not yet named him.

The road was closed as police investigated the incident. Local diversions were put in place. The road has since been reopened.

Four local men, aged 22, 20, 18 and 18, have been arrested in connection with the violent disorder.

Two women, aged 20 and 16, were also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

The taxi driver, a 58-year-old man from York, is helping police regarding the collision.

A 20-year-old man, who is believed to have been involved in the violent disorder incident, was taken to York District Hospital for treatment to a serious hand injury. He is assisting police with enquiries.

Vital witness sought

Detectives have issued an urgent appeal to locate a potential key witness.

The man they are urging to come forward is believed to have witnessed the violent incident and collision after being dropped off by at taxi on Haxby Road at about 1.45am.

It is understood that he had got a taxi fare to the location from Duncombe Place in York at about 1.30am.

The man spoke with an Irish accent and officers think he could have important information to assist the investigation.

If this is you or you know who he is, please contact North Yorkshire Police immediately on 101, select option 2, and ask for York CID, extension 2453. Or email [email protected].

Detective Inspector Andrea Kell, of York CID, said: “This is clearly a very tragic incident and we are supporting the young man’s family while the police investigation continues.

“I urge anyone with information that could assist our enquiries to get in touch without delay.”

To remain anonymous, pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 12140175183.