Suffolk man killed in motorcycle accident

POLICE have named a motorcyclist who died in a New Year's Eve crash in London as a 20-year-old man from Sudbury.

Colin Adwent

POLICE have named a motorcyclist who died in a New Year's Eve crash in London as a 20-year-old man from Sudbury.

Jack Tungate was pronounced dead at the scene of the tragedy in Archway Road in Highgate around 8.15pm.

Mr Tungate died after a collision between his motorbike and a Peugeot car near the junction with Muswell Hill Road.

The exact circumstances of the crash are still being investigated.

Two ambulances, paramedics and a doctor were despatched to the scene, but they were unable to save Mr Tungate.

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Tom Helliwell, who runs the Woodman pub on the junction between Archway Road and Muswell Hill Road, said: "The first thing we knew about the crash was when they closed the road. We went outside to see what had happened and saw paramedics trying to resuscitate a motorcyclist. But sadly we were later told he had died."

On the day he was killed Mr Tungate had left a message on his Facebook social networking site at 12.57pm which said: “Off shopping in the city soon for tonight's clothes.”

Friends and family of Mr Tungate have paid numerous tributes to the former Sudbury Upper School pupil on Facebook.

His brother David wrote: "A big thank you to all the people who posted such nice things on his wall, it has given us some comfort in such a hard time."

Jack's funeral is due to be held on January 15 at St Peter's and St Paul's Church in Clare, according to one entry on the site.

The funeral will be at 1pm with a wake at Clare town hall afterwards.

The New Years Eve's tragedy was not the first time someone has been killed on Archway Road. Several points on the road, one of the main arteries in and out of central London, have become accident black spots.

In 2005 a young student was killed not far from where Mr Tungate lost his life after being knocked over by a car as she tried to cross Archway Road.

In September last year the road was closed after a cyclist was seriously injured after colliding with a car.

The junction by the Winchester pub has also been labelled a black spot after several crashes in the past, some involving motorcycles.

Liberal Democrat councillor for Highgate, Rachel Allison, said: "Residents have expressed concerns in the past about safety along Archway Road.

"There is a lot of concern over whether the traffic light sequences are properly timed and give people enough time to cross the road. There are also questions over whether the box junctions actually work."