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A20 fatal crash police in anniversary appeal

Michael Baker and his partner Sheila Bright
Image caption Mr Baker, seen with his partner Sheila Bright, died from his injuries in hospital

Police investigating a fatal road crash on the A20 in Kent in which a Sussex man died have re-appealed for fresh information on the first anniversary.

Michael Baker, 47, from Littlehampton, died after the crash near the Swanley interchange on Saturday 24 July 2010.

The collision involved an articulated lorry and a car recovery pick up truck, in which Mr Baker was a passenger.

Visiting the scene of the accident, his partner Sheila Bright said: "This time a year ago my life came to a halt."

Officers believe a group of young people were on the grass bank at the side of the London-bound carriageway throwing stones.

Police said as the lorry drove towards London past the group, the driver, realising something had hit the windscreen, cab and side of the vehicle, braked and pulled over to the side of the road.

While the lorry was stationary, the recovery truck collided with it just before 11:00 BST.

'Case still open'

Four children, aged 10 to 15, were questioned on suspicion of manslaughter but Kent Police said in November they would not face prosecution.

In a fresh appeal for information, Det Insp Ian Rogerson said: "We have never closed the case as we have a duty to Michael's partner, Sheila Bright, his family and friends to find out how and why he died.

"I would urge anyone who has any information about the incident to call us as soon as possible."

Ms Bright laid flowers at the side of the road on Sunday, and appealed for anyone with "any little bit of information" to contact police.

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