Police appeal after driver dies

PUBLISHED: 19:00 16 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

POLICE are today appealing for witnesses after a teenager was killed when his car careered out of control and smashed in to a tree.

It was the fifth death of Suffolk's roads in just over two weeks – bringing the total to 14 since the beginning of the year.

TODAY the Evening Star can reveal the name of the teenager who died when his car smashed in to a tree on a notorious Suffolk Road.

Leo Crane, of Spenser Road, Ipswich, is the fifth person to die on Suffolk's roads in just over two weeks – bringing the total to 14 since the beginning of the year.

The accident happened at around 9pm last night when the blue Ford Granada the 18-year-old was driving along Old Norwich Road, between Claydon and Coddenham, left the road and hit a tree.

This is the same stretch of road on which an elderly pedestrian was killed back in December 2000 when he was hit by a Peugeot 405 on the road through Barham.

At the time residents spoke of their safety fears for this accident hot spot and still today they are calling for action.

Landlord of the Sorrel Horse Pub, Matthew Smith, said the road is treacherous and an accident waiting to happen.

"We have been campaigning for street lights for a long time now but nothing has been done. The Parish Council just keep ignoring the requests. The road is so dark and cars come flying round the corner. It is still a 60 mile an hour limit but it needs to be 30 to make the road safer," he said.

No other cars were involved in the accident last night.

Mr Crane died at the scene.

Two male passengers aged 18 and 19 were taken to Ipswich Hospital but their injuries are not thought to be serious.

Last night the road was blocked off by scenes of crime officers and crash investigators in both directions so an inquiry could begin in to the crash.

Fire crews from Ipswich and Needham Market went to the scene where they freed the trapped victims.

Suffolk Police will not be naming the man until his next of kin had been informed.

Just hours later, at 8am today, another accident left the A14 with long traffic queues when two cars collided.

It is believed a black Golf and a white Ford Escort were involved in the accident which happened just past Claydon, going towards Stowmarket.

Luckily there are not thought to be any injuries.

Campaigners have been calling for improvements to the A14 and the A140 claiming these roads urgently require work to make them safe.

The first fatality this year happened in February when Dean Potter, 17, from Hessett, near Bury St Edmonds was killed when he walked along the A14.

It was the first of five fatal accidents that month. There were also two in March, which included 18-year-old Bury St Edmunds footballer Marc Lucchi.

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