Danger of more accidents: mother

A MOTHER whose son was killed on the same notorious road as a Suffolk teenager who died earlier this month today called for improved safety measures to prevent a repeat of the tragedy.

A MOTHER whose son was killed on the same notorious road as a Suffolk teenager who died earlier this month today called for improved safety measures to prevent a repeat of the tragedy.

Liz Gardiner's 17-year-old son Paul was killed in July 1991 on the B1113 Loraine Way, which runs from Bramford to Great Blakenham, after a lorry driver pulled out in front of him as he rode his motorbike towards Claydon.

The road claimed its latest victim on December 7 when 18-year-old Jordan Smith from Needham Market died after his Rover 220 was in collision with a Ford Escort.

Mrs Gardiner said “the rug was pulled from under her” when she heard about the latest accident.

She said: “This accident happened the week before Paul's birthday. I never dreamed I'd feel this way again.

“All I could think about was that another family would have to go through what we have been through.

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“I have sent a card to the family explaining how I know what they are going through. Whatever happened there was a terrible accident. My heart goes out to the family.”

Between 1998 and 2000, four people died in collisions on the road, before safety work was carried out at the Great Blakenham turning.

However, Mrs Gardiner, who has worked to highlight the dangers of the road since losing her son, said more needs to be done.

She said that while she was not suggesting Mr Smith's accident was down to speeding, tighter restrictions could prevent others from happening.

“I'm all for the Snoasis scheme because I think it would be good for the area, but what I want to see is more put in place to make the road safer. If Snoasis does go ahead, the road will be busier and busier.

“I know we haven't had a fatality for some time, but I have had some very close shaves and I am extremely careful. We seem to have a lot of erratic drivers on the road.

“We need something sooner rather than later. I don't know what you can do to stop people speeding, but something is badly needed.

“I don't want to ever see anything like this happen again.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council said it was too early to say if more safety measures would be introduced on the road.

She added: “There is nothing planned yet, but we are currently waiting for the police report on the accident.”

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