British pedestrian dies in crash with airman
January 23, 2008
RAF MILDENHALL, England — A U.S. Air Force airman hit and killed a British man on Sunday as the man walked along a dark stretch of highway a few miles from the air base’s Gate 1, authorities said Tuesday.
A green Dodge 4x4 vehicle collided with Kevin Flatt on the A1065 just north of the Fiveways roundabout. Flatt was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency services were called out at 8:50 p.m., Suffolk police spokeswoman Lisa Crane said.
Suffolk police said the vehicle was driven by an RAF Lakenheath member, but Air Force officials said the driver was assigned to RAF Mildenhall. Mildenhall officials did not provide the airman’s name or rank.
On Tuesday, friends and family members set up a roadside memorial at the site for Flatt, who was 37.
Flatt’s brother, Trevor, fought back tears as he remembered him as a “helpful chap.”
“He would help anybody out,” he said. “He was always there for anyone.”
Police spoke to the driver but did not make any arrests or file any charges in the fatal collision, Crane said.
Trevor Flatt said the driver was a U.S. airman who also had a young child asleep with him when he crashed into his brother, flipping him over the vehicle. The airman wanted to visit Flatt’s parents to offer his condolences.
“I understand the guy who hit him wanted to come around to speak to my parents, but they’re just not in that frame of mind at the moment,” he said.
Trevor Flatt said that on the night of the accident, his brother had dropped off his vehicle at a local garage. Then, after a couple of alcoholic drinks, he headed down the A1065 toward a gas station to buy cigarettes.
Kevin Flatt was a council worker for the Forest Heath District Council. He is survived by a 6-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son, his brother said.
“I’m just devastated,” said Trevor Flatt, who added that he’ll now help look after his brother’s kids.
The accident is still under investigation while police prepare their findings to be used in a Suffolk coroner’s inquest, Crane said.
Anyone who saw the crash or has information about what happened is urged to contact the Bury St. Edmunds road policing unit on 01284 774100.