Improve road call after father's death

PUBLISHED: 08:34 08 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 March 2010

A GRIEVING family has called for improvements to be carried out on the A12 after paying tribute to an Ipswich worker was killed in a crash at an accident blackspot.

A GRIEVING family has called for improvements to be carried out on the A12 after paying tribute to an Ipswich worker was killed in a crash at an accident blackspot.

Father-of-three Ian Wright, 48, of Howard Close, Framlingham, suffered serious head injuries after his motorbike was in collision with two cars on the A12 at Bredfield, near Woodbridge, at about 7pm on Monday.

He leaves three children, Stephen, 28, Sarah, 25, and Linda, 24, as well as a grandson, Daniel, aged five.

Mr Wright's children are still coming to terms with the tragedy, along with his ex-wife Maggie, who remained good friends with him after they parted.

But they have added their voice to growing calls for improvements along the A12. Sarah said they were considering contacting the authorities to press for road improvements.

"I don't know how many people have got to die before anything is done about that road, because there are so many accidents there," said Sarah.

Mr Wright worked at Adastral Park near Ipswich as a senior support engineer for BTexact Technologies and was returning home from work when the crash happened.

Originally from Liverpool, he had worked there since 1987, and before that had been with the company at Stone in Staffordshire since about 1969. He moved to Suffolk after he was promoted.

Sarah said: "He was the most fantastic, perfect father you could ever dream of. He was caring, loving. He was always there when you needed him.

"He thought the world of Daniel. He was always taking him out to the park and football and swimming."

He was described as a man of wide interests, and a keen and competent motorcyclist.

He toured Australia on his motorbike last Christmas, and had also travelled in Spain and France. He was an enthusiastic walker, too, and had gone up Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as walking regularly in Scotland and other parts of the world. He swam regularly at Stradbroke pool.

Richard Court, a friend as well as a workmate at Adastral Park and his next door neighbour, said: "He was an excellent person to be around, always full of fun, larger than life and very, very popular with all people. He had got a knack of being able to talk to just about anybody."

His many friends at work were "dumbfounded and shocked" by the news of his death, he said.

His ex-wife Maggie said: "He's going to be really missed."

His family asked to thank his friends and family members for their "overwhelming support" following the tragedy. They were also keen to thank PC Nikky Bryant of Saxmundham police station for her help.

BTexact Technologies chief executive Stewart Davies said his death was a great loss to the company. He described him as "a brilliant engineer, well respected colleague and very popular young man".

"He will be sorely missed," he said. "We would like to send our sincere condolences to Ian's family at this very sad and difficult time for them."

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the accident to contact PC Phil Brown at Suffolk police traffic unit on 01473 613500.

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