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Driver tells inquest woman was pushed in front of car

Nonita Karajevaite and Tadas Zaleskas died on the A47 in Norfolk. Credit: Norfolk Police

A motorist's been telling an inquest about the moment he struck a young couple walking along the A47 in Norfolk.

Vernon Lee was giving evidence at the resumed inquest into the deaths of 26-year-old Tadas Zaleskas and his 24-year-old fiance Nonita Karajevaite in July 2014.

The couple - originally from Lithuania but recently living near Wisbech - were due to be married less than two months later.

The incident happened on the A47 between Wisbech and King's Lynn. Credit: ITV News Anglia

They were walking between Wisbech and King's Lynn. Mr Lee said he pulled out to give them more room but suddenly for no reason, the man pushed the woman into his car.

"There was absolutey no logic to it all, he said." It was only later that he became aware he'd struck the man as well.

Questioned by Coroner David Osborne, he said he thought Mr Zaleskas looked at him before pushing his partner.

The couple were struck by a car on the A47 in Norfolk in July 2014.

Trudy McDermott was a passenger in a car being driven by her husband and it seemed to her that the couple were arguing. She said she saw the girl push the man and then he put his hands on her shoulders, and thought he deliberately pushed her.

All of a sudden she saw Nonita up in the air. Her husband stopped the car and she realised the girl was dead.

She originally thought Tadas had done runner but then saw a police officer attempting to resuscitate him in a ditch.

The dead couple went to a farm shop before walking along the A47. Credit: Norfolk Police

When the inquest began last month, it was told Tadas Zaleskas and Nonita Karajevaite had called at a farm shop close to the A47 and asked staff to call the police before leaving.

Earlier, the couple had posted their house keys through the letter box at their home, in Church Road, Emneth, and they had dismantled their mobile phones.

Tests showed both had taken drugs.

Tadas Zaleskas and Nonita Karajevaite had called at a farm shop close to the A47 and asked staff to call the police before leaving. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Superintendent Paul Durham said the police had looked at several scenarios - that Tadas had killed his partner; they were fleeing from a third party; a suicide pact or horeplay - but there was no evidence of any of those.

Assistant Coroner David Osborne concluded both died as a result of a road traffic. Their families are still no clearer knowing what happened in those fateful moments before they died.