‘Fantastic’ response to manslaughter investigation

Car Death: Earls Barton: Joanna Smith wife of John Smith killed in car crash on A45 April 10th 2012
Car Death: Earls Barton: Joanna Smith wife of John Smith killed in car crash on A45 April 10th 2012

Detectives investigating the death of Joanna Smith are continuing to appeal for information, a week after revealing her death is being treated as manslaughter.

Joanna, 32, died during a road traffic collision on the A45 eastbound, near Earls Barton, on Tuesday, April 10.

Extensive tests of the tyres on Joanna’s black Honda Jazz, revealed one had been deliberately punctured prior to her journey.

Three other vehicles parked near Joanna’s in Grange Park, Northampton, on the night of Monday, April 9, also had tyres damaged.

Last week officers investigating Joanna’s death appealed for the public’s help in identifying the person responsible for the damage to her car.

As a result of that appeal, a number of people have contacted officers with possible information about the incident.

Detectives are now working through that information in the hope that the offender can be identified.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Kinchin, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) Major Crime team, is leading the manslaughter investigation. He said: “We had a fantastic response from the public following last week’s appeal and we are now in the process establishing if any of the information we have been given will lead us to identify the offender.

“Joanna’s life was taken as a result of a random act of vandalism, and I believe the person who committed that act did not know the consequences of their actions until last week.

“I appeal directly to the person responsible for the damage to Joanna’s car, or anyone who may have witnessed it, to think about what they have done, or witnessed, and please contact us.

“Witnesses or anyone with information about this incident can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or the Operation Houston investigation team on 101.”