Brother of jailed driver in crash horror

A MAN driving a car in which two people died in Suffolk is the brother of death crash driver Ben Morphey it can be revealed today.Sam Morphey, 24 remains in a stable condition in Ipswich Hospital today following the crash on the A145 at Henham on Wednesday.

A MAN driving a car in which two people died in Suffolk is the brother of death crash driver Ben Morphey it can be revealed today.

Sam Morphey, 24 remains in a stable condition in Ipswich Hospital today following the crash on the A145 at Henham on Wednesday.

His brother Ben is currently serving a prison sentence after he caused a road crash on the A12 at Blythburgh in July 2006 in which five people died.

Claire Stoddart, 18 and her 15-year-old sister Jennifer and their friend Carla Took, 18 died after the car they were in collided with one driven by Ben Morphey. His passengers Simon Bonner, 40 and Kim Abbott, 41 were also killed.

The news comes as the devastated families of the two men killed in Wednesday's crash paid tribute to the pair.

Samuel Fordham, 28 of Saxmundham and Darren Welton, 20 from Kelsale died when the car they were travelling in crashed into a tree.

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Today Mr Fordham's devastated parents Gloria and Ian said: “We are heartbroken at this tragic loss of a dear son. He was a son to be proud of. Sam had so much going for him he was always so happy and outgoing - the life and soul of the party.”

Mr Fordham grew up in Saxmundham and attended the town's primary and middle schools before going to Leiston High School.

His father said: “He was a plasterer by trade and had a good lot of work mates. He was a dear brother to Kirsty, Daniel and Peter and uncle to Natasha and Jessica.

“He was always there if we needed him and he'll be sadly missed by all his family and friends.”

Tributes have also been paid to Mr Welton, who grew up in Leiston but had been living in Kelsale. His family described him as a “loving and handsome young man who lived life to the full”.

An investigation is under way into the cause of the collision, which happened just after 7am close to Sotherton crossroads.

Mr and Mrs Fordham added: “We'd also like to send our sympathy to Darren's family for their tragic loss and hope for a speedy recovery for his friend.”

Police are renewing appeals for anyone who was in the area around this time yesterday to come forward, regardless of whether they saw the collision or not.

Anyone with information about the crash should contact PC Jon Doran or Sgt Steve Knight at Halesworth Roads Policing Unit on 01986 835300.

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