Essex police name Saffron Walden roadside crash victim

PUBLISHED: 11:31 14 September 2009 | UPDATED: 21:54 31 May 2010

A ROADSIDE worker who was killed after being hit by a car following a crash in Littlebury Green has been named by police. Gerald Thorn, aged 53, from Little Walden Road, Saffron Walden, was struck by a VW Golf after it left the road following a crash with

A ROADSIDE worker who was killed after being hit by a car following a crash in Littlebury Green has been named by police.

Gerald Thorn, aged 53, from Little Walden Road, Saffron Walden, was struck by a VW Golf after it left the road following a crash with a Vauxhall Corsa on Friday.

Mr Thorn, who was single, was pronounced dead at the roadside. A 36-year-old colleague from Coggeshall, who had been assisting him with maintaining road signs, also suffered serious spinal and head injuries, he was taken to Addenbrooks Hospital but is thought to be in a stable condition.

The crash happened at around 1.45pm on September 11 on Littlebury Green Road at the junction with Chesnut Avenue when the silver Corsa, being driven by a 19-year-old man from the Saffron Walden area, collided with the grey Golf estate that was being driven by a 47-year-old man from Hadstock in Cambridgeshire.

As a result the Golf left the road and struck the two men who were carrying out maintenance work on a street sign adjacent to the road.

Both drivers escaped the incident unharmed but very shocked, police said.

The 19-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of careless driving and is helping police with their enquiries, he has been bailed to return on December 12.

Police shut the road for approximately four and a half hours while they carried out their investigation and recovered the vehicles.

The Health and Safety Executive have also been made aware of the incident.

Police officers from Dunmow Road Policing Unit would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or may have seen either vehicle close to the location of the crash, officers can be contacted on 0300 333 4444.

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