Driver charged after fatal crash

A MAN is to appear in court next week to face a death by careless driving charge following a collision in Ipswich.

A MAN is to appear in court next week to face a death by careless driving charge following a collision in Ipswich.

Carl Furtado, of Compair Crescent, Ipswich, is due before South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court on August 14.

The 36-year-old was charged on Thursday last week in relation to the death of pedestrian Stephen Pryke.

Mr Pryke was killed at 2.40am on Friday, May 1, as he was walking in Hadleigh Road.


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The 39-year-old died after a collision between him and a blue VW Golf GTi.

Furtado appeared before Ipswich magistrates last Friday.

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He was released on bail until the next hearing of his case. No plea has been entered to the charge Furtado faces at this stage.

A tribute released on behalf of Mr Pryke's family shortly after his death said: “Stephen was a very generous person and had a heart of gold.

“He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.”

Mr Pryke, who lived in Ipswich, was a familiar face in Hadleigh and Stowmarket where he sold The Big Issue.

He would also be seen in Ipswich while collecting copies of the publication from the YMCA charity shop in Westgate Street.

Two ambulances and a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle were despatched in Hadleigh Road immediately after the collision.

However, there was nothing that could be done to save Mr Pryke and he was declared dead at the scene.

Hadleigh Road remained closed throughout the morning of May 1 while officers from Suffolk Police's serious collision investigation team began their inquiry.

Diversions were put in place so motorists would avoid the accident site while it was cordoned off.

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