Moving tributes to crash victim Jack

A DEVASTATED family paid tribute last night to a “fun loving” son and brother killed in a road crash in a Suffolk village.

Lizzie Parry

A DEVASTATED family paid tribute last night to a “fun loving” son and brother killed in a road crash in a Suffolk village.

Jack Holyoak, 22, from Horham, died when his car crashed into a house in Fressingfield on Friday night. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

He had been driving home after dropping off his girlfriend and two friends at their homes in Harleston when tragedy struck.

Last night, his grieving parents revealed how Jack's positive outlook on life had recently paid off and he had just started a new job with a firm in Eye.

Tony and Janet Holyoak, of Worlingworth Road, Horham, said Jack was full of hope and dreamed of his exciting future ahead of him.

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Mr Holyoak said he would remember his son as having a “twinkle in his eye,” setting him apart from the rest.

“It is all still very raw at the moment,” he said. “He was a smashing kid, and so much fun to be around, I will always remember him for that. He was always laughing always telling jokes.

“My beautiful, handsome son Jack, zany, crazy and infuriating at times but always immense pleasure and fun to be around.

“The pain for us is unbearable and the loss incalculable. We will all miss him so very much and for me life has lost a lot of its appeal. He was fun loving boy who was going to turn into a fine young man.

“This is a tragic accident he has gone so young, he had so much to offer.

“Life will never be the same for us, we will never get over this.”

Mrs Holyoak added: “All his friends came over to see us, they were all crying, we were all full of tears.

“They shouldn't have to deal with a loss like this and his sister Jessica is completely devastated.”

Mr and Mrs Holyoak said their son had been a victim of the recession, losing his job ten months ago.

But just two weeks ago his positive outlook on life paid off and Jack started his new job at Permastore in Eye.

His parents added: “He had such high hopes things really looked like they were going to work out for him.

“We are so thankful no one else was hurt, that would be too much to bear, this is hard enough.

“We want to thank all those who have sent their condolences, for they have offered us all great support at this terrible time.”

Police said Jack was driving a Vauxhall Vectra when he seemingly lost control and crashed into Hill House in Harleston Road, Fressingfield, at around 9.30pm.

It is thought he was thrown from the vehicle in the impact, although an investigation into what happened is under way.

Michael O'Reilly, who lives next door to Hill House, said he was watching television in his front room when he heard a loud bang, felt his semi-detached cottage shake and a rain of stones and rubble hitting his front window.

He said: “I looked out of my window and saw a car in front of my house, we rushed outside and searched for the driver.

“A lady from down the road is a nurse and she came to help while we waited for the ambulance.

“I am still shaken up, it is not what you expect to see. It was awful.”

The owners of the house, an elderly couple believed to be in their 70s, were away for the weekend.

Vic Hollis, a building control surveyor at Mid Suffolk District Council, said this was the second time the house had been hit by a car in two years.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the accident to call Pc Andrew Fossey, of the serious collision investigations team, on 01473 613500.