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Boy quizzed by cops over road death crash

PUBLISHED: 11:08 29 July 2010 | UPDATED: 18:06 25 August 2010

A 10-year-old boy has been arrested by police investigating a fatal crash thought to have been caused by yobs throwing stones on to vehicles.

A 10-year-old boy has been arrested by police investigating a fatal crash thought to have been caused by yobs throwing stones on to vehicles.

Detectives are investigating reports that youths threw stones on to the London-bound A20 shortly before car passenger Michael Baker, 47, was killed.

A police spokesperson confirmed they had released a 10-year-old on bail and said: "We expect more arrests, enquiries are ongoing."

Drivers heading into London and Bexley were stuck for more than 10 hours after the accident which saw an Iveco recovery car, slam in to the back of the green Scania articulated lorry at about 10.40am on Saturday.

The driver was taken to Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup, and his passenger, Mr Baker, was rushed to the same hospital, but later died.

Police believe the lorry in front came to a halt as it passed Swanley, heading into London, as a gang hurled stones from a grass bank accessed through an underpass in Laburnum Road, on the St Mary's Estate. The other vehicle crashed into the stationary lorry.

Mr Baker's partner Sheila Bright appealed to youngsters who may have been involved to come forward, and told how his son had to identify his father's body on his fourth birthday.

She said: "Those children, young people whatever you want to call them need to come forward, and they need to come forward today. They need to come forward before they get themselves in any bigger trouble sitting at home laughing about it.

"They have killed a good, decent man and ripped a family to pieces and left them with no-one - they've left me with no Mike they've left the children with no father and the grandchildren with no grandfather.

"We need to get justice for Mike. He didn't deserve this, he didn't do anything wrong, he was not a bad man. He helped everybody and if these people knew him, they would be gutted at what they've actually done to him and to his family."

She also revealed the family had been involved in a previous accident with a hit-and-run driver at the M25 junction 4 in the direction of the Dartford Tunnel.

While Sheila and her daughter went to hospital Mike stayed with the car and was in the recovery vehicle which crashed.

Tearfully, she added: "I just want to wake up - I just want somebody to wake me up and just have Mike there. This is all one big nightmare.

"We had to identify him in the hospital on Sunday, his youngest son's birthday - what a birthday present that was, what a horrible, horrible, horrible day for his son to spend his birthday identifying his father."

Officers have been conducting house to house enquiries and have set up a mobile police station near Laburnum Avenue in Swanley.

Sevenoaks district commander, Chief Inspector Adrian Futers, said: "This weekend a family have lost a loved one, this is not the time for people to withhold information out of some sort of misguided loyalty.

"This group of young people was standing at a spot that we frequently send patrols to, because youngsters hang around near the road and there have been previous reports of things being thrown at vehicles."

He added: "I would like parents and carers to ask youngsters where they were on Saturday and come forward if they have information."

Michael Baker of Littlehampton, West Sussex, was transferred to the Royal London Hospital were he later died.

Ten minutes earlier the driver of a Mercedes sprinter van travelling along the same stretch of road reported his windscreen had been smashed by a stone larger than a tennis ball.

Call police on 01622 654853 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 with information on the fatal accident.

tony.patey@archant.co.uk


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