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Passenger dies after car hits tree

PUBLISHED: 11:48 14 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

FAMILY and friends of a Suffolk woman are today coming to terms with her death after the car she was in plunged into a tree.

The woman, who is thought to be in her mid 50s, was a passenger in a blue Volkswagen Passat when the fatal smash happened at around 9.

FAMILY and friends of a Suffolk woman are today coming to terms with her death after the car she was in plunged into a tree.

The woman, who is thought to be in her mid 50s, was a passenger in a blue Volkswagen Passat when the fatal smash happened at around 9.30pm yesterday.

The crash happened in the remote countryside stretching between Saxmundham and Leiston on the B1119.

The vehicle is thought to have been heading towards Leiston at the time of the fatal crash.

It is believed that the woman was travelling with a male driver, who was also in his 50s, when the car left the road and smashed into an oak tree close to High House Farm.

Today the only evidence of the accident is tyre marks in the muddy verge and a broken registration plate.

Despite treatment given to her by paramedics at the scene and in an ambulance as she was taken to Ipswich Hospital, the woman's condition deteriorated. She was pronounced dead by a doctor at the Heath Road hospital.

Suffolk Police said that both people in the car are thought to come from the Leiston area.

The woman's name will not be released until all next of kin have been informed.

It is the third fatality in the past week.

Motorcyclist Ian Wright, 48, of Framlingham died when his motorbike was in collision with a car on the A12 at Bredfield, near Woodbridge on November 5.

On Friday Rosina Midwinter, 51, of Weeting, Norfolk, was killed and three people were injured in a four-car pile-up on the Suffolk/Norfolk border.

The accident involving a Skoda, a Vauxhall Nova, a Fiat and a Renault occurred on the B1107 Thetford Road, near Brandon

The death toll on Suffolk's road this year has now reached 44.

In 2000 56 people were killed in fatal accidents throughout the county.

Police officers investigating the crash today appealed for witnesses to the incident to contact them.

If you can help telephone PC Ian Hicks on 01473 613500.

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