Sussex hit-and-run driver was an illegal immigrant

Hit-and-run victim Kalan Fletcher

Hit-and-run victim Kalan Fletcher

First published in News by , Crime reporter

A driver who ran down and killed a 23-year-old had been flashed by a fellow motorist that his victim was in the road.

Mark Hill passed Kalan Fletcher walking on the opposite carriageway moments before he was struck on the A23 London Road at Hassocks.

He told an inquest at Horsham that when he saw another driver heading in the other direction at about 4.30am on October 22 last year he flashed his lights at him to try to alert him to the figure in the road .

But Mr Fletcher, on his way back from a 21st birthday, was knocked down and killed.

The driver who struck him drove off and has never been caught. Police have named him as Imran Shaukat, then 27, an illegal immigrant who was living in Worthing at the time.

Agne Tamosauskaithe, from Burgess Hill, who was with Mr Fletcher on the night he died, described how she had gone into nearby bushes to relieve herself.

When she returned from the bushes her friend was lying dead in the road.

Emergency call

His body had been found by Jeffrey Sime, from Hassocks, who was on his way to work. Mr Sime called 999 but Mr Fletcher, from Keymer, was already dead.

Because Shaukat could not be traced to give evidence and it is unclear exactly what happened in the collision, West Sussex Coroner Penelope Schofield recorded a narrative verdict that Mr Fletcher died after being struck by a van.

Stella Hawker, Mr Fletcher’s mother, said: “I nearly broke down at one point in the inquest. We need Shaukat to come forward. There is no indication of where he is.

“Kalan was responsible. He got a taxi home and did not drink and drive.”

The police investigation and the bid to trace Shaukat is ongoing.

If you can help police with their enquiries please call 101 quoting Operation Primary.

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9:15pm Fri 16 Nov 12

John Steed says...

and why has no action been taken to date against the employer Medina Dairies Ltd who employed the illegal immigrant without a valid driving license and therefore with dubious insurance cover, a company that previously had another vehicle overturned in a single vehicle accident at fontwell that was also driven by a person of dubious employment and immigration status.
and why has no action been taken to date against the employer Medina Dairies Ltd who employed the illegal immigrant without a valid driving license and therefore with dubious insurance cover, a company that previously had another vehicle overturned in a single vehicle accident at fontwell that was also driven by a person of dubious employment and immigration status. John Steed
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11:03pm Fri 16 Nov 12

ICantThinkOfAName says...

Perhaps this is a question the newly elected PPC should ask?
Perhaps this is a question the newly elected PPC should ask? ICantThinkOfAName
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11:05pm Fri 16 Nov 12

ICantThinkOfAName says...

Sorry I meant PCC.
Sorry I meant PCC. ICantThinkOfAName
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12:20am Sat 17 Nov 12

HF 05 says...

Medina Dairies have been prosecuted several times for vehicles being grossly overloaded too.
Medina Dairies have been prosecuted several times for vehicles being grossly overloaded too. HF 05
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12:31am Sat 17 Nov 12

NickBrt says...

If he was an illegal immigrant we must invite him and his extended family over here, give them an enormous house at taxpayers expense, throw benefits at them, offer them Police protection from people who may not like them killing decent people and give him some kind of award for being 'alternative'. Whoops, I am turning green.....
If he was an illegal immigrant we must invite him and his extended family over here, give them an enormous house at taxpayers expense, throw benefits at them, offer them Police protection from people who may not like them killing decent people and give him some kind of award for being 'alternative'. Whoops, I am turning green..... NickBrt
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7:32am Sat 17 Nov 12

lespaul says...

NickBrt wrote:
If he was an illegal immigrant we must invite him and his extended family over here, give them an enormous house at taxpayers expense, throw benefits at them, offer them Police protection from people who may not like them killing decent people and give him some kind of award for being 'alternative'. Whoops, I am turning green.....
Yes... This country is ****.
[quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: If he was an illegal immigrant we must invite him and his extended family over here, give them an enormous house at taxpayers expense, throw benefits at them, offer them Police protection from people who may not like them killing decent people and give him some kind of award for being 'alternative'. Whoops, I am turning green.....[/p][/quote]Yes... This country is ****. lespaul
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7:32am Sat 17 Nov 12

lespaul says...

lespaul wrote:
NickBrt wrote:
If he was an illegal immigrant we must invite him and his extended family over here, give them an enormous house at taxpayers expense, throw benefits at them, offer them Police protection from people who may not like them killing decent people and give him some kind of award for being 'alternative'. Whoops, I am turning green.....
Yes... This country is ****.
****ed
[quote][p][bold]lespaul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: If he was an illegal immigrant we must invite him and his extended family over here, give them an enormous house at taxpayers expense, throw benefits at them, offer them Police protection from people who may not like them killing decent people and give him some kind of award for being 'alternative'. Whoops, I am turning green.....[/p][/quote]Yes... This country is ****.[/p][/quote]****ed lespaul
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8:26am Sat 17 Nov 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

He is probably already back in the country studying at one of our unis under a different name.
He is probably already back in the country studying at one of our unis under a different name. Maxwell's Ghost
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9:28am Sat 17 Nov 12

whereisthe...? says...

What on earth does him being an illegal immigrant have to do with ANYTHING?? Total racism masquerading as 'news'.

We never hear about hit and runs drivers who beat their wives / took drugs / stole money / etc - YET the moment a foreigner is spotted, out come the closet racists.


SHAME ON YOU ARGUS. SHAME ON YOU ANNA ROBERTS FOR WRITING THIS.
What on earth does him being an illegal immigrant have to do with ANYTHING?? Total racism masquerading as 'news'. We never hear about hit and runs drivers who beat their wives / took drugs / stole money / etc - YET the moment a foreigner is spotted, out come the closet racists. SHAME ON YOU ARGUS. SHAME ON YOU ANNA ROBERTS FOR WRITING THIS. whereisthe...?
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9:43am Sat 17 Nov 12

Morpheus says...

If he got a taxi home where was the taxi and driver. Some parts of this report do not make sense.
If he got a taxi home where was the taxi and driver. Some parts of this report do not make sense. Morpheus
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9:48am Sat 17 Nov 12

lespaul says...

whereisthe...? wrote:
What on earth does him being an illegal immigrant have to do with ANYTHING?? Total racism masquerading as 'news'.

We never hear about hit and runs drivers who beat their wives / took drugs / stole money / etc - YET the moment a foreigner is spotted, out come the closet racists.


SHAME ON YOU ARGUS. SHAME ON YOU ANNA ROBERTS FOR WRITING THIS.
I'm not sure how you can consider this racist. The article is stating that someones life, someone's child, maybe brother was taken away by someone who has no right to be working in the UK to start with. Maybe it might not have been a different story if the person was eligible, but the country in the state it is in needs to sort problems like this out.

I lack to motivation to continue to respond to your blatant attempt to spark a reaction.
[quote][p][bold]whereisthe...?[/bold] wrote: What on earth does him being an illegal immigrant have to do with ANYTHING?? Total racism masquerading as 'news'. We never hear about hit and runs drivers who beat their wives / took drugs / stole money / etc - YET the moment a foreigner is spotted, out come the closet racists. SHAME ON YOU ARGUS. SHAME ON YOU ANNA ROBERTS FOR WRITING THIS.[/p][/quote]I'm not sure how you can consider this racist. The article is stating that someones life, someone's child, maybe brother was taken away by someone who has no right to be working in the UK to start with. Maybe it might not have been a different story if the person was eligible, but the country in the state it is in needs to sort problems like this out. I lack to motivation to continue to respond to your blatant attempt to spark a reaction. lespaul
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10:14am Sat 17 Nov 12

bogs says...

whereisthe...? wrote:
What on earth does him being an illegal immigrant have to do with ANYTHING?? Total racism masquerading as 'news'. We never hear about hit and runs drivers who beat their wives / took drugs / stole money / etc - YET the moment a foreigner is spotted, out come the closet racists. SHAME ON YOU ARGUS. SHAME ON YOU ANNA ROBERTS FOR WRITING THIS.
You are the lowest form of life....
[quote][p][bold]whereisthe...?[/bold] wrote: What on earth does him being an illegal immigrant have to do with ANYTHING?? Total racism masquerading as 'news'. We never hear about hit and runs drivers who beat their wives / took drugs / stole money / etc - YET the moment a foreigner is spotted, out come the closet racists. SHAME ON YOU ARGUS. SHAME ON YOU ANNA ROBERTS FOR WRITING THIS.[/p][/quote]You are the lowest form of life.... bogs
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11:58am Sat 17 Nov 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

The article is a factual account of an inquest.
The driver was an illegal entrant into the UK.
He has left the UK to escape charges.
Those are the facts of the inquest.
Last week there was a story in The argus about a hit and run driver who was a UK citizen.
Silly person above. Do keep up.
The article is a factual account of an inquest. The driver was an illegal entrant into the UK. He has left the UK to escape charges. Those are the facts of the inquest. Last week there was a story in The argus about a hit and run driver who was a UK citizen. Silly person above. Do keep up. Maxwell's Ghost
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8:01pm Sat 17 Nov 12

davyboy says...

it is now time to shut our borders completely. britain is full! if you watch these programmes on tv about australia and new zealand, their entry rules are extremely strict, and examine all facets of your life. it is about time we did the same, the first rule being you must be able to speak and understand the language. then, you must have enough money to support yourself, without any help, and you must have somewhere to live, again without resorting to help. i have seen these programmes, where people have been refused entry because they don't have any money to support them on their holidays.
it is now time to shut our borders completely. britain is full! if you watch these programmes on tv about australia and new zealand, their entry rules are extremely strict, and examine all facets of your life. it is about time we did the same, the first rule being you must be able to speak and understand the language. then, you must have enough money to support yourself, without any help, and you must have somewhere to live, again without resorting to help. i have seen these programmes, where people have been refused entry because they don't have any money to support them on their holidays. davyboy
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1:10am Sun 18 Nov 12

farang says...

@davyboy, and other racists, the immigration rules are agreed internationally and applied by all jurisdictions.
Australia and NZ is surrounded by a huge ocean so it hardly likely that illegal entrants could enter the country. I know that because I lived in Australia for 18 years!
Also Australia has grown it's population by 5 million in 20 years almost entirely by immigration.
You are correct that most have to understand English, and have enough money and a job guarantee - the same as UK.
Australia also has similar student and agricultural worker visa systems, the agricultural sector would collapse without it - same as in UK. In Australia there are half as many unemployed, unlike UK where there are significant numbers of healthy young men who seem to feel it is beneath them to do agricultural work!
UK has considerable movement of vehicles and this is usually how ILLEGAL entrants get in.
The problem with racists like you is you get it wrong all the time because you don't think before you spout your unsupported rubbish.
What do you think the population of UK is? Someone last week was emphatic that it is more than 90 million!!(look down page for answer!)
If you were to bother to look at the actual statistics, like me, you would see that illegal entry is actually very low and most of them are deported fairly swiftly.
Most of the LEGAL immigration is from middle class professionals coming to a job.
At the last census the population was 63 million and population growth is only 1.47%.
You could just carry on believing the rubbish in papers like the Express, or you could stop believing in opinion and actually get the facts right.
@davyboy, and other racists, the immigration rules are agreed internationally and applied by all jurisdictions. Australia and NZ is surrounded by a huge ocean so it hardly likely that illegal entrants could enter the country. I know that because I lived in Australia for 18 years! Also Australia has grown it's population by 5 million in 20 years almost entirely by immigration. You are correct that most have to understand English, and have enough money and a job guarantee - the same as UK. Australia also has similar student and agricultural worker visa systems, the agricultural sector would collapse without it - same as in UK. In Australia there are half as many unemployed, unlike UK where there are significant numbers of healthy young men who seem to feel it is beneath them to do agricultural work! UK has considerable movement of vehicles and this is usually how ILLEGAL entrants get in. The problem with racists like you is you get it wrong all the time because you don't think before you spout your unsupported rubbish. What do you think the population of UK is? Someone last week was emphatic that it is more than 90 million!!(look down page for answer!) If you were to bother to look at the actual statistics, like me, you would see that illegal entry is actually very low and most of them are deported fairly swiftly. Most of the LEGAL immigration is from middle class professionals coming to a job. At the last census the population was 63 million and population growth is only 1.47%. You could just carry on believing the rubbish in papers like the Express, or you could stop believing in opinion and actually get the facts right. farang
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