In an emergency always call 999

Father of three dies in road crash while chasing suspect

Posted on 27th October 2014

Police in Derby are appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision on Burton Road on Saturday.

Kevin O’Connell (33), from Wirksworth, died after he fell into the path of a passing car.  Mr O’Connell had intervened in an argument between two people on Burton Road just before 1pm on Saturday October 25.

Sergeant Darren Muggleton, who is investigating the incident, said: “We are in the early stages of the investigation but it appears that Mr O’Connell had stopped his car to try to break up a disagreement between two men.

“One man ran off and Mr O’Connell was chasing him when he fell into the path of a car that was passing.  This tragic incident was witnessed by his three children.  He died a hero trying to help a member of the public he thought was being victimised.”

Officers have spoken to several witnesses and are conducting house to house enquiries to gather information about exactly what happened.

Two men, aged 27 and 34, who were involved in the argument were arrested on suspicion of assault on each other and were bailed after being questioned.

Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact Sergeant Muggleton on 101.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.