Man charged over A14 death crash

AN Ipswich man was today arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a road accident which claimed the lives of a father and daughter.

AN Ipswich man was today arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a road accident which claimed the lives of a father and daughter.

Portuguese Jose Gomes Costa, 30, and his eight-year-old daughter Erica Martins Andrade died in the early hours of February 26 when they were thrown from a Peugeot car on the A14.

Mr Costa had just collected his wife and two daughters from Luton Airport and the family were about to embark on a new life in Suffolk when the crash happened near Coddenham.

It later emerged that only one of the six occupants of the car was wearing a seatbelt.


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Today, Suffolk Police said a 24-year-old man from Ipswich had been arrested in relation to the incident.

The man was due to be questioned by officers at Woodbridge Police Station.

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The crash left Mr Costa's 18-month-old daughter with a fractured skull. She was initially taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and was then moved to Ipswich Hospital but she has now been discharged.

The baby and Mr Costa's wife are currently in London preparing to return home to Portugal.

Speaking at the time of the accident, police said the crash could have been caused by a deer which had run on to the carriageway.

It is thought the driver of a Ford Escort car had initially struck the deer and the Peugoet Mr Costa and his family were travelling in had either swerved to avoid the crash or hit the dead deer.

Meanwhile, drivers faced congestion today following a crash on the A12 at the same spot where a lorry struck a bridge last month.

A red Citroen Saxo collided with the central reservation in Brightwell shortly before 10am, leaving one lane of the Seven Hills bound carriageway partially blocked.

No one was injured in the crash.

At 6.45am on February 19, a lorry carrying a rubbish compactor hit a bridge at the same part of the road.

The compactor was left lying in the road and the damage to the bridge meant the road was closed for more than 24 hours, causing heavy congestion for motorists.

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