Suffolk: Number of deaths on counties road now more than in the whole of last year
06:00 25 August 2014
More people have died on the county’s roads so far this year than in the whole of 2013.
Two fatal crashes on Saturday took the total number of road deaths this year to at least 26 with just over four months of 2014 left.
Last year in Suffolk a total of 25 people died as a result of traffic collisions.
On Saturday morning Daniel Casteleiro from Lowestoft died when his Renault Clio overturned on Parkhill in Oulton.
That evening a second man, who has not yet been named, died when the Ford Fiesta he was driving left the road in Letheringham and ended up in a field just after 6pm.
A tribute released by Mr Casteleiro’s family yesterday described him as a man who “had a heart of gold but wore it on his sleeve”.
“Daniel’s world revolved around his work and his family, who would hear the tales every evening of what he had done during the day. He was so proud of his achievements,” the tribute read.
“Daniel loved everyone, he was so honest and loyal, such a trustworthy young man.”
Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said measures to reduce the number of road deaths in the county would be “top of the agenda” at a forthcoming meeting of Suffolk Roadsafe partnership on September 4.
“This is becoming a major problem in Suffolk and we have to confront it collectively and as a matter of urgency if we are to maintain our reputation as a safe county to travel in,” he said.
Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Hamlin said: “It is extremely upsetting that two people have lost their lives on the county’s roads this weekend. Our thoughts go to the families of the deceased and to all those involved in the incidents.
“Any collision involving injury or the loss of life is tragic and every effort goes into investigating how it has happened.
“The causes of these collisions vary widely and police and other partners spend considerable time to try and make sense of why they have occurred, and to identify any areas where we can take steps to prevent and reduce future incidents.
“Collision data informs the deployment of our Roads Policing officers who monitor our roads as well as responding to emergency incidents. We will continue to work with our partners to make the county’s roads as safe as we can through the promotion of road safety and the deployment of specialist officers.”