‘Net closing in’ on A45 road death culprits

Joanna Smith

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Two 14-year-old boys arrested in connection with the manslaughter of Joanna Smith, who died after her car crashed on the A45 in April this year, have been released on bail.

The teenagers, one from Hardingstone and the other from Grange Park, Northampton, were arrested on Tuesday and were questioned by officers at the Criminal Justice Centre in the town.

Police investigating the death of Joanna Smith say it is likely further arrests will be made in the near future.

Mrs Smith died in an accident on the A45 near Earls Barton on Tuesday, April 10, this year. She was 32.

Three weeks ago police announced they were treating the case as manslaughter after investigations revealed that the road accident had been the result of vandalism and that one of the tyres on Mrs Smith’s car had been deliberately damaged.

Her husband John, who was working as a sports reporter on the Northants Telegraph at the time of the accident, said: “I am encouraged that these arrests have been made and I hope this leads to the perpetrators of the crime being caught. The appeal that was made recently for witnesses appears to have had an effect and the net is closing in.”

Both boys were arrested on suspicion of committing criminal damage and the manslaughter of Mrs Smith, who worked as a pharmacy manager in Irchester. The couple met in 2005 and were married in July last year. The death of Mrs Smith, originally from Poland, left her family, friends and colleagues devastated.

Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or the Operation Houston investigation team on 101.