Coroner probes teenager's death in crash

AN inquest into the death of an Ipswich teenager who was killed in a horror smash on a notorious stretch of road was due to be held today. Eighteen-year-old Sophie Underwood died in the November 13 crash at an accident black spot in Foxhall Road, Foxhall, near the waste and recycling centre.

Josh Warwick

AN inquest into the death of an Ipswich teenager who was killed in a horror smash on a notorious stretch of road was due to be held today.

Eighteen-year-old Sophie Underwood died in the November 13 crash at an accident black spot in Foxhall Road, Foxhall, near the waste and recycling centre.

Two others were cut from the wreckage of their cars by firefighters and taken to Ipswich Hospital.

A police investigation into the circumstances of the crash is continuing.

Today's inquest was due to take place at Ipswich Crown Court.

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Before her funeral, Miss Underwood's father, Alex, described his daughter as an “out-going girl” and a “typical teenager”.

The former Copleston pupil, who lived in Foxhall Road, worked at Costa Coffee in WH Smith's town centre store in Ipswich.

She had been on her way to Tesco, in Martlesham, with a friend when the accident happened.

Her devastated friends have since lobbied Suffolk County Council in a bid to improve safety on the stretch of road where she died.

Her pals are calling for speed restrictions and other safety measures in the hope of preventing a repeat of the tragedy.

Friend Harriet Atkinson, 18, of Needham Market, said: “I will do anything to ensure the speed limit is reduced in the area and improve the road conditions to make it safe.”

Would you like to pay tribute to Sophie Underwood? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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