Friend pays tribute to Marzena Dajlanaj
Maggie Rispin arrives to add flowers to the tributes which have been left at the spot where her friend died on the A64 earlier this month
A SHOCKED woman has appealed for motorists to help solve the mystery surrounding the death of her “beautiful friend who was full of life.”
Maggie Rispin said someone may have information which could help police discover why Marzena Dajlanaj’s Toyota Celica came off the A64 near York before hitting a tree and crashing into a ditch earlier this month.
Police think the wreckage may have been in the ditch near Bilbrough Top for up to seven hours before being spotted by a passing driver, but so far no witnesses have come forward.
Maggie said: “I just want to know what happened. It may be that no one saw her come off the road, but someone might have seen her vehicle weaving or swerving beforehand, which might assist police.
“If someone has seen something and hasn’t contacted police before because they fear they might get into trouble for whatever reason, I would still ask them to please come forward now.”
She paid tribute to Marzena, who was known as Maj, who she believed had been heading towards Leeds after finishing a shift at a York city centre pizza restaurant when the accident happened.
“She was an amazing person,” she said. “You couldn’t dislike her. She was such a nice girl. She was so beautiful and energetic and full of life.
“She used to love my little boy Calvin, and took him to Scarborough one day. He loved the bones on her.”
She said Maj, 30, who had lived in Heslington Road but had very recently bought a flat in Leeds, was Polish and had been living in York for at least a couple of years.
A spokesman for Pizza Express in St Sampson’s Square said Maj had worked there in the management team, but had recently been promoted to a more senior position at a Pizza Express in Leeds.
He said she had been working in York on the night of the accident.
“She was very popular here. Everyone was very shocked,” he said.
A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Police confirmed that no witnesses had come forward as yet.
She said it was believed the accident happened sometime between 12.45am and 1.15am on Monday, December 17.
She urged anyone who was travelling along the A64 during the critical half-hour to phone 101, select option 2 and ask for Paul Cording or Gemma Wood, quoting reference number NYP-17122012-0060.