Family's tribute as another driver dies

A DEVASTATED family of 23-year-old Martin Palmer from Bildeston today paid tribute to him after he was discovered dead in his car at a house in Cockfield.

A DEVASTATED family of 23-year-old Martin Palmer from Bildeston today paid tribute to him after he was discovered dead in his car at a house in Cockfield.

Their tribute comes the day after another young motorist, a 20-year-old man, died when his car overturned and crashed into a tree in Rushford Road, Coney Weston, near Stanton.

The tragedy occurred around 7pm yesterday.

In the latest crash, the road was blocked for more than three hours. A police spokesman said: “The car left the road, went on to its side and hit a tree. One person was inside the vehicle.”

Fire crews spent about an hour freeing the deceased man from the silver Vauxhall Vectra.

The crash came just two days after Mr Palmer was found dead in his Nissan Primera after it veered off a quiet country road and smashed into a tree.

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He was discovered in the front garden of a house in Bury Road, Cockfield by the owner of the property just before 7am on Friday. It is not known how long he had been there.

His twin brother Simon said: “I know the police are investigating but I'm not sure we'll ever know what happened.”

Paying tribute to Martin, he said: “He was just a top bloke. Everyone I spoke to who knew him loved him.

“He was very active and outgoing. He never liked to sit around and always wanted to do something. If you saw us together you would think we were more like mates. Everyone is devastated.”

A minute's silence was held before Bildeston Rangers' Saturday league football match on Saturday - a game in which Simon played and scored.

He said: “The only two things I wanted to do was score and win the game. Luckily enough I managed to do both. There was a minute's silence and it was very emotional but I did it.

“So many people turned up to watch because of what had happened. We put Martin's tracksuit on a chair beside the pitch, at the spot where he would normally have watched from.”

Bob Palmer, 57, Martin's father, said: “He was just so full of life. He was so outgoing and enjoyed everything. He was unique.”

Jason, 31, one of Martin's two older brothers, added: “He lived life to the full and had a heart of gold. He would help anyone if he could.”

Martin, who worked for Taylor Made Joinery in Bildeston, went to school in Monks Eleigh and Stoke-by-Nayland. He also attended Otley and West Suffolk colleges.

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