Police appeal for help in identifying man who died on the M42

By Connie Osborne Friday 20 December 2013 Updated: 31/12 00:16

HELP is needed to identify a man who was killed after a collision with a lorry on the M42 near Alvechurch.

Officers have not yet been able to identify the man who is believed to be in his 40s and was walking on the northbound carriageway when he collided with a heavy goods vehicle on Monday (December 16) about 10.15pm.

It happened between Junctions 2 and 3, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is believed he may have been staying in a hostel in Sparkhill or Acocks Green in Birmingham and a man had recently signed on as patient at a medical practice in that area but failed to turn up for his appointment.

This man told staff he was born in France and spoke Arabic.

He could have also previously lived in Wales and worked as chef.

PC Jim Alcock of the Central Motorway Police Group said: "We have a possible name and have made checks with various hostels but none of the staff recognise the name or description and no-one has been reported missing.

"We do not know what the man was doing walking alongside the motorway, and, if he was living in Sparkhill or Acocks Green, how he got there, as it is at least four or five miles away."

He added: "At the moment it is a complete mystery as to who he is and why he was on the motorway. Somewhere he must have family, friends or colleagues who are wondering where he is."

Witnesses to the collision or anyone with information about who the man is should call police on 0121 626 1285.

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