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Hoddesdon crash probe: Albanian police aid suspect search

Fatal road crash suspect Alexi Shyti
Image caption Alexi Shyti, pictured in hospital following the crash

British police have begun working with the Albanian authorities to search for a man they believe killed a pedestrian after hitting him with his car in 2010.

Ricky Burlton, 20, of Enfield, London, died after being struck on the A10 slip road at Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire.

The alleged driver - who said he was Greek man Georgios Tsoulos - escaped from hospital and police believe he fled to his true country of Albania.

Police now believe the suspect is 34-year-old Alexi Shyti.

An inquest in 2010 heard Mr Shyti had serious facial injuries following the crash and was at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield when police found him.

However, the decision was taken to talk to him formally after he had been treated.

The coroner was told that after the officer left his bedside, Mr Shyti discharged himself and never attended an appointment at Moorfields Hospital in Shoreditch for an eye injury.

'Complex investigation'

When officers went to his home in Woodlands Road, Hertford, he had disappeared.

Image caption Ricky Burlton was killed in the early hours of 4 June 2010

Police established his Greek identity documents were bogus and believe he had been living in the UK illegally.

On the third anniversary of the crash, Hertfordshire Police said they now believed he is living in Ngracan, in the Fier region of Albania.

They said they were working with the authorities there to find him.

However, they still believe people in the UK could have vital information on his whereabouts and are appealing for people to come forward.

Det Ch Insp Sharn Basra said: "He had connections to Hertfordshire, north London and Loughborough in Leicestershire and people in these areas may have information to assist.

"I would like to thank Ricky's family for their patience and support as part of this complex investigation.

"They have shown true strength in what has been an extremely difficult time."

Police believe Mr Shyti may still have distinctive scars on his face following the crash.

Mr Burlton was killed by a white Rover while walking from Hertford to Cheshunt in the early hours of 4 June 2010.

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