Fresh police appeal after Bridlington man’s death

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Police in North Yorkshire are renewing their appeal for witnesses after a Bridlington man died in a fatal road traffic collision near Whitby.

In particular, officers are keen to speak with anyone who can help identify the movements of the man who died, Darren Stawman, 43, in the hours leading up to the collision. They are also trying trace a man called Mark, who is believed to live in Whitby and was a friend of Mr Stawman.

The collision occurred near Mickleby on the A174, at the junction with the B1266, at 8.30pm on Sunday 24 March 2013.

A grey Alfa Romeo 147 car was travelling from Staithes towards Whitby when the collision happened with Mr Stawman, before he was hit by three further vehicles.

The investigation has revealed that Mr Stawman regularly took long walks around the area. Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have seen him after 9.30am on Sunday 24 March 2013, up to the time he died. They also need to speak to taxi drivers who may have given him a lift or people who saw Mr Stawman on local buses.

Mr Stawman was 5ft 7in tall with a slim build and brown hair. At the time he was wearing dark clothing and a dark hat.

Traffic Sergeant Hamish Halloway, of North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, said: “The investigation has revealed Mr Stawman’s movements over Friday and Saturday. However we are seeking any information that can assist with Mr Stawman’s movements between 9.30am and 8.30pm on Sunday 24 March 2013, when the collision occurred.

“I am particularly keen to trace his friend, Mark, who I believe lives in Whitby and was in contact with Mr Stawman. I urge Mark to contact me.”

Anyone who can assist with the investigation into this road traffic collision is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Hamish Halloway. Alternatively information can be emailed to