Suffolk roads claim another victim

Six people in four days – that's the death toll on Suffolk's roads following another fatal crash on Saturday night.Fire and ambulance crews were called to the B1119 between Framlingham and Saxmundham after a Mazda 626 left the road on a bend near Cransford Hall just after 12.

A SUFFOLK teenager has become the sixth person to die on Suffolk's roads in just four days.

The weekend tragedy brings the total number of deaths up to 38 so far this year - just five short of the total for the whole of 2002.

A 19-year-old waiter from Framlingham was the latest victim when the Mazda 626 he was travelling in left the road on a bend on the B1119 between Framlingham and Saxmundham at around12.30am on Sunday morning.

Mohsin Hasin and the driver had to be cut from the car and both were taken to Ipswich hospital where Mr Hasin later died.

A former Thomas Mills High School pupil, known to friends as 'Has', Mr Hasin worked as a waiter at the Prince of India restaurant in the Market Hill and lived above the premises.

Restaurant owner Kobir Hussain said: "People liked him. He had got lots of friends in the town because he was brought up here."

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Residents of the small town said yesterday they were shocked by the accident.

Madeleine Skelton, 14, said: "I can't believe it's happened really. He was so friendly and everybody knew him. He always used to stand at the window of the restaurant and talk to us across the square."

Kirsty Couzens, also 14, said: "It's very sad. Everybody in the town knew of him and the news has spread really quickly. Everyone is in a real state of shock."

The driver remains in hospital where he is being treated for a fractured spine and other injuries. He is also believed to be of a similar age and from the Framlingham area.

This accident came less than 16 hours after a horrific head-on crash on the A1065 in Wangford, near Lakenheath, in which two people were killed.

A Ford Focus driven by a man in his 70s from the Cambridge area, and a Lotus Elan, driven by 21-year-old James Dunkley from Staffordshire were in collision at about 8.30am on Saturday morning.

A police spokesman said: "It was so horrific witnesses and police officers are being offered counselling."

These accidents follow the deaths of three others on Suffolk's roads on Thursday night. Two people were killed in an accident at Freston, near Ipswich, and a pedestrian died when he was in collision with a car on the slip road of the A14 at the Seven Hills interchange near Nacton.

The family of a 20-year-old man who was killed in the car crash at Freston have paid a moving tribute to the "larger than life" character.

Phillip Cotton, of Orwell Road, Ipswich, died when the Peugeot 205 he was a passenger in crashed at a sharp bend on the B1456.

The car left the road at the junction with the B1080 and hit a road sign, killing Mr Cotton and the car's driver, Jennifer Winton, 23, of Holly Road, Kesgrave.

Two other men are still in Ipswich Hospital receiving treatment for injuries suffered in the single-vehicle crash.

The former Copleston High School pupil's father Paul, mother Janice and brother Peter released a statement saying they were "devastated" at losing him.

"There is a void that will never to be filled," the statement said.

"Phillip was a larger-than-life character who loved his family, many friends, drum n' bass music and recently sea fishing.

"He was a wonderful lad and would help anybody. Yes, he had many faults, as we all do, and got into many scrapes which his family would get him out of, but this scrape was one too far.

"Phillip managed to do a lot in his short life, we take heart in the in the fact that he was with some of his friends when he died.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of all the others involved."

Police have questioned a driver after a 15-year-old cyclist was seriously injured in a road accident in Stowmarket on Saturday night.

The cyclist was hurt in the accident on Bury Road and was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital suffering from head injuries.

A motorist was questioned on suspicion of drink driving and failing to stop after an accident.

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