December 7 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Police have today named the 55-year-old man who died in a collision on the A12 which left a teenage girl dead.
Ronald Gates, of Knodishall, near Saxmundham, was pronounced dead at the scene of the two-car crash in Frostenden, Suffolk, on Tuesday.
A teenage girl died and four other people were also injured in the tragic incident.
Police said a silver Peugeot 106 travelling south and a silver Citroen travelling north collided at about 8.15pm.
Mr Gates was the driver of the Peugeot. The teenage girl, a rear seat passenger in the Citroen, was also pronounced dead at the scene after emergency services were called to the crash.
Two other passengers in the Citroen and a passenger in the Peugeot were taken to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth.
One passenger in the Citroen sustained a broken leg while the other two were taken for treatment for minor injuries.
Community leaders expressed their shock and sympathy following the incident.
Waveney district councillor Martin Parsons said it was a dangerous stretch of road and called for the A12 to be dualled.
He said: “It is a tragedy and my sympathies are with the relatives of the people that have died. The only long term solution is to dual the road and that is some way off.”
Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey said: “I was sorry to hear of the terrible accident and my sympathies go to the families who have lost loved ones in such tragic circumstances.”
Witnesses are urged to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101.