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Man arrested after Workington teenager killed in A66 crash “being treated as a witness”

Casey Sowerby

Cumbria Police say the driver arrested after a teenager was killed in a collision on the A66 is being treated as a witness.

Officers are investigating the collision which occurred shortly before 8am on Tuesday 9 October are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The collision involved a Citroen C3 car and a Citroen Berlingo van and occurred on the A66 between Broughton Cross and Bridgefoot.

A Cumbria Police spokesman said: “The driver of the Citroen C3 car, 19-year-old Casey Leigh Sowerby of Workington was pronounced dead at the scene. Specially-trained officers are working with the family.

“The driver and passenger in the Citroen Berlingo suffered minor injuries.

“The driver of the Citroen Berlingo, a 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drug driving prior to attending hospital.

“He has been released under investigation whilst officers continue with their investigation.

“As a result of early investigations and in response to some negative social media Cumbria Police can confirm that the driver arrested at the scene of yesterday’s fatal collision, is being treated as a witness in this case.”

A Penrith BEEP Fund spokesman said: “A BEEP Fund Doctor, the doctor/paramedic crew from Pride of Cumbria GNAAS Air Ambulance and paramedic crews from Northwest Ambulance Service, attended a serious two vehicle RTC on the A66 west of Cockermouth at 07.45 today.

“Sadly despite their significant medical interventions, the driver of one car was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the family and friends of the deceased.”

The road was reopened at around 12.40pm.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed what took place and has yet to come forward.

Contact police on 101 for PC Callum Radzan. Email: [email protected] Call non-emergency number: 101 Or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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