Fatal crash was a tragedy waiting to happen

RESIDENTS have today branded a Suffolk road a death trap after it claimed the life of a motorist.Russell Covey, 34, died at the scene of an accident at a sharp bend of the B1077 just south of Witnesham.

RESIDENTS have today branded a Suffolk road a death trap after it claimed the life of a motorist.

Russell Covey, 34, died at the scene of an accident at a sharp bend of the B1077 just south of Witnesham.

Mr Covey, of The Green, Ashbocking, was driving a black Mercedes which left the road and collided with a hedge at about 9.30am.

Tony Tyrrell, proprietor of the nearby Fynn Valley Golf Club, said it was tragic that after a series of accidents in recent months someone had died at the blackspot.

He said: “I said we'd have a fatality here.

“There are 30mph limits as you come out of Westerfield and into Witnesham but it is 60mph here and there is a massive bend which isn't flagged up.

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“We've always said something needs to be done about it and now someone has lost their life.

“Up until now everyone has walked away.”

He added that the hedge of the golf club was regularly hit during accidents including three times in the last four months.

Jim Ovel, 75, who lives directly on the B1077 with no pavement between his front gate and the country road, said he and his neighbours were convinced something needed to be done to make the road safer.

He said: “I heard a bang and I knew there had been an accident.

“The car was upright, it had gone into the side of the hedge. It was steaming.

“I've lived here nearly 12 years and there has been loads of accidents.

“It is getting worse. There is a lot more traffic and people are driving at breakneck speeds.

“It's awful. If we want to get in and out of our driveway we are taking our lives in our hands.

“We've been asking for 30mph limit signs but nothing has been done.”

The B1077 was closed until about 2am while police officers launched an investigation into the crash.

Anyone with information about the crash should call acting police sergeant Paul Smith at Suffolk police's roads policing unit on 01473 613500.

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