Capel St Mary: Teenager fights for life after horror smash

A teenager involved in a horror crash in which two of his friends died was last night still fighting for his life.

Police said the 18-year-old’s injuries were worse than first feared and that his condition had deteriorated since being airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

Two 18-year-old Lithuanians he was travelling with died in the smash, which saw an Audi A4 leave the A12 near Capel St Mary and plough into a tree.

It is believed the victim’s relatives were last night flying in from Lithuania to identify the pair, who both died at the scene on Tuesday.

It is thought the four – another 17-year-old is at Colchester General Hospital suffering from a broken leg – were heading for Dover after a working holiday. It is understood they were registered with an Ipswich-based recruitment firm.

The Lithuanian pair were among five to die during an awful day on the region’s roads.

Richard Leadon, 21, from Burwell near Newmarket, died after his Yamaha motorbike collided with a central reservation barrier on the A11 at Barton Mills around 8.15pm on Tuesday.

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Another two people died after a crash on the A120 at Little Bentley in Essex.

The region’s horror day saw Suffolk’s road death toll jump to 19. Last year there were 20 road deaths across the county, the lowest for more than a decade.