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Alleged fraudster John Wood killed on M5 while on his way to court
9:00am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
AN alleged fraudster who was charged with stealing £78,000 from Herefordshire Council was killed on Monday after being hit by a lorry on the M5.
The 59-year-old from Birch Mews, Leeds, was on his way to Worcester Crown Court to face fraud charges when he was involved in the collision.
The former financial consultant was also charged with stealing £35,000 while working as a project manager in East Anglia.
Police are still investigating the incident, which happened at about 7.40am on the southbound carriageway between junction five at Droitwich and junction six at Warndon.
A rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer from West Midlands Ambulance Service were dispatched to treat the man, but he was confirmed dead at the scene.
Police shut lanes one and two between the junctions just before 8am, but closed all three lanes soon after.
The road re-opened by 11am.
Witnesses who have not already spoken to police are urged to call Central Motorway Police Group on 01216 261289.
• See tomorrow's Hereford Times for more on this story.
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