Renewed appeal after man killed in Stamford crash

Flowers left in Wharf Road, Stamford, where John McKeown died in a car crash.
Flowers left in Wharf Road, Stamford, where John McKeown died in a car crash.

A woman is appealing for the community to help her piece together the last moments of her husband’s life.

John McKeown, 62, from Rutland, was killed when the Nissan Micra he was driving hit a wall in Wharf Road, Stamford, in the early hours of Saturday, August 22.

John McKeown, who was killed in a car crash in Stamford on Saturday, August 22. EMN-150917-105630001

John McKeown, who was killed in a car crash in Stamford on Saturday, August 22. EMN-150917-105630001

Shortly before the crash, Mr McKeown had been approached by police officers, and the Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an investigation to look at the interaction that took place, and whether that had any bearing on the events that followed.

Mr McKeown’s wife Judy and her family have backed the commission’s appeal for information.

In a statement, she said: “The family would really appreciate help in piecing together John’s last few hours of Friday, August 21, early Saturday morning August 22.

“Any information, no matter how trivial, would be gratefully received and should be passed on to the Independent Police Complaints Commission which is investigating.”

She described her husband, who was known as JD, as a “dedicated Christian” with “many burning passions in his life”.

She added: “He was also a keen body builder, painter and, of course was fanatical about motorbikes.

“Those that knew John appreciated his warmth, generosity and sheer energy for life. John reached out to all people, particularly those lost or in need of comfort and direction.

“He was fun loving and loved to make others laugh. He touched so many people.”

Information boards have been put up around Stamford appealing for information.

A spokesman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission said he was still keen to hear from witnesses.

He said: “From studying CCTV we know there were other people near the taxi rank in Broad Street who may have noticed police interaction with Mr McKeown and we would be grateful if they would contact us and tell us what they saw or heard.

“Similarly we would urge anyone who knows anything which could help our investigation to come forward. Every little bit of information is important.”

The IPCC investigation team can be contacted on freephone 0800 096 9077 or e-mail stamford_inv@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk.