Felixstowe: Wife’s heartache as father-of-three dies in A14 crash tragedy

FELIXSTOWE: A grieving mother is today facing the prospect of bringing up three children alone after her husband was killed and baby daughter injured.

Akmal Ullah Kabiri, of Holland Road, Felixstowe, was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash on the A14 near Trimley early on Saturday.

His 18-month-old daughter Alisha sustained serious injuries when their green BMW overturned around 4.30am.

Mr Kabiri, who owned the Maharaja takeaway in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, had been returning home after taking his sick wife Rahima Khanom Layla to Ipswich Hospital.

Mr Kabiri’s brother-in-law Ikbal Hussain said his sister, who is still being treated in hospital, has been left devastated.

He said: “She is very, very upset and worried for her children. She is worried about how she can bring up three children on her own.

“It is very difficult for her now.”

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Mr Hussain, of Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, described Mr Kabiri as a devoted family man.

He said: “His family meant everything to him. He lived for his family.

“Akmal was a very nice person. A lot of people know him in Felixstowe. He’s been here for around 12 to 15 years.

“A lot of people and his customers are very sad.”

Mr Kabiri, 49, had flown back from a holiday in Bangladesh on Friday.

He then went to work at his takeaway before going back to his Holland Road home in Felixstowe around 11pm, as his wife was ill.

Mr Kabiri drove her Ipswich Hospital, taking Alisha with him, after asking Mr Hussain to go to his home to look after the couple’s two boys, Mohiuddin, five, and Rafi, three.

Mr Kabiri spent several hours waiting for the results of tests on his wife. He then decided to return home with his daughter, after his wife was kept in hospital.

Although there was nothing that could be done to save Mr Kabiri, who formerly ran the Nice ‘n’ Spicy Tandoori Takeaway in Undercliff Road West, Alisha was taken to Ipswich Hospital following the crash.

She was then transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Yesterday relatives said she had sustained chest injuries, but her condition was improving.

Mr Hussain said Mr Kabiri’s wife was also moved from Ipswich Hospital to Addenbrooke’s to be treated for what was believed to be a fever.

Lisa McGrann, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary, said an inquest into Mr Kabiri’s death will open in due course.

The A14 was closed until for around four-and-a-half hours after Saturday’s tragedy while a police investigation got under way.

Any witnesses to the collision, or who may have seen Mr Kabiri’s BMW leading up to the crash, should telephone PC Danny Ormes at Suffolk Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Team on 01473 613500.

If you want to pay a tribute to Mr Kabiri e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk or write to Star Letters, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.