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Police issue fresh appeal for witnesses to A228 fatal crash in Mereworth in which Suzanne Maclachlan died

By KentOnline reporter

Officers investigating a fatal collision have renewed their appeal for information - and particularly want a key witness to come forward.

Suzanne Maclachlan, 67, from Wateringbury, died on Sunday 20 August 2017, after her red Peugeot 206 was involved in a collision with a Ford Transit van on the A228 Malling Road.

Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit is keen to speak with a young man with short dark hair who was seen near the scene - though they have stressed there is no suggestion he has done anything wrong.

Suzanne Maclachlan
Suzanne Maclachlan

He was wearing a red, hooded top with ‘USA’ on the back and officers believe he may have witnessed the collision.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the accident or who saw the van as it travelled from Hop Farm roundabout in Paddock Wood, along the A228, Seven Mile Lane and the A26, to the scene of the incident.

Specifically, officers would like to speak to the occupants of a black Citroen, white Ford Fiesta and a vehicle towing a green horse trailer, who may be able to assist them with their enquiries. They have traced the driver of a black Mini who they had previously appealed for.

The van involved in the fatal crash
The van involved in the fatal crash

The man who had been driving the Transit van also suffered injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit and on leaving hospital, was interviewed under caution and released from custody pending further investigation.

If you have not already done so, please call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit appeal line on 01622 798538 quoting reference number MW/181/17.

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