max temp: 12°C

min temp: 8°C


Ipswich: Horror for first witness on scene of Stoke Park Drive incident

11:44 19 December 2012

Fatal incident near Asda in Stoke Park Drive, Ipswich

Fatal incident near Asda in Stoke Park Drive, Ipswich


Witness shock at crash aftermath

A GRANDMOTHER has told of her horror at being one of the first at the scene of a collision in which a man was found dead in his car.

Diane Hewitt said she is still in shock about seeing the horrific aftermath of the incident in Stoke Park Drive on Friday night, in which a 51-year-old man died.

Police yesterday named the man as Guy William Halden, of Sawston Close, Ipswich. His body was found after the red Toyota Corolla he was driving was in collision with another vehicle near Asda. It is understood he took his own life.

Mrs Hewitt, who lives in nearby Crowland Close, was on her way to get cash out when she heard a loud bang. She asked a woman nearby what had happened and was called over to check on the driver of the red car.

Mrs Hewitt said: “I looked in the car and that’s when I saw him. I shouted for someone to get the police and the security. I was hysterical. I thought my legs were going to collapse.

“I haven’t been able to sleep, I was sick and I‘ve been in touch with Victim Support. It’s all I’ve been thinking about.”

The 54-year-old was taken into nearby McColls shop where she was comforted and given a cup of tea.

She added: “I have to praise the emergency services. They were at the scene in seconds and all of them – the police, paramedics and fire service – were so professional and calm.

“One of the police officers told me they had seen a lot of road accidents but had never seen anything like this before. The compassion shown to me and the way they dealt with this tragedy was beyond duty.

“Also I would like to thank the staff in McColls who comforted me.”

Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death.

An inquest will be opened and adjourned tomorrow morning and will be reopened at a later date.

If anyone is in need of help, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day on 08457 909090.

As a responsible media organisation, we comply with guidelines issued by the Samaritans which recommend that we do not give explicit details in cases such as this.

Related articles


  • After reading details in the nationals i can only hope that Ms Hewitt gets the support and counselling she needs. I couldnt even begin to imagine how she must feel. Suicide is a selfish act and my heart goes out to the mans family. x

    Report this comment

    a friend

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • Thinking of you Ms hewitt xx

    Report this comment


    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • I understand Diane's experience.While on a training bike ride here in central New York recently. Two cars collided head-on at high speed within 25 feet of me. One of the vehicles spun out of control and almost hit me. One other person besides me who was driving behind one of the vehicles had deal with three severely injured people until emergency services. I went from almost being the fourth casualty to responding to the injured.people.It will stay with me for a long time.

    Report this comment


    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Motorists in Suffolk are being warned to watch out for traffic delays as three abnormal loads slowly make their way long the county’s roads over the next two weeks.

My husband baked a cake. I was warned this could happen, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Archant’s new Suffolk headquarters opened for business this morning at the junction of Princes Street and Portman Road in Ipswich.

An anonymous donor has handed £20,000 to a Suffolk charity helping disabled youngsters and families affected by cancer in what was labelled “an overwhelming act of kindness”.

An Ipswich man accused of raping a schoolgirl has been convicted by a jury.

Education bosses in Suffolk have welcomed latest figures which mark the county’s highest school attendance record in the last decade.

Hopes of saving a supported housing scheme for vulnerable young people in Ipswich are still alive as bosses delay making a final decision on its future.

Sending a text while driving most likely caused the death of a Suffolk airman, who lost control of his car moments after using his phone, an inquest has heard.

Work to rebuild the Princes Street/Queen Street area in Ipswich town centre is now centred on Giles’ Circus – but county chiefs have promised this will be clear by the time the Christmas lights go on next month.

More than three million day visitors to Ipswich helped to swell tourism business coffers by £250m last year, according to new statistics.

Most read

Most commented


Show Job Lists

Topic pages


Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24