Tragic teenager had missed bus

A SCHOOLBOY killed on the busy A14 is believed to have missed his bus and tried to walk home.Tributes have been paid to exemplary pupil Ronnie Alex, who was struck by a lorry and then a car as he made his way along the road at Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday evening.

A SCHOOLBOY killed on the busy A14 is believed to have missed his bus and tried to walk home.

Tributes have been paid to exemplary pupil Ronnie Alex, who was struck by a lorry and then a car as he made his way along the road at Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday evening.

The 15-year-old student at King Edward VI Upper School in Bury St Edmunds died at the scene of the accident, which is thought to have happened as he attempted to walk to his family's new home in Stowmarket.

As revealed in yesterday's Evening Star, a series of special assemblies and tutorials were held at the school to inform the Year 10 pupil's fellow students of the tragedy and prayers were said for him and his grief-stricken family.

Geoff Barton, headteacher, said: “We have lost a student who exemplified everything that is good about King Edward VI. Ronnie was studious, kind and passionate about learning and he was well respected by staff and pupils alike.

“His death is a real loss to the school. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

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One a website message King Edward sixth former Ollie Bowen said Ronnie was late for his bus and decided to try and walk home: He said: “He took the risk of walking back to his home in Stowmarket.

“This should be publicised, because it is important for students to know what happens when you try walking home on a main road.”

The teenager, who was a keen Taishindo fighter and a member of a Bury club devoted to the martial art, was on the Newmarket-bound stretch of the A14 between the Moreton Hall and Tesco exits when the accident happened at 6.30pm on Tuesday. He is believed to have been alone.

Ronnie had recently moved to Stowmarket with his family. His father was in India at the time of his son's death and is thought to have flown back to the UK yesterday to be with his grieving family.

Prayers have also been said at a Stowmarket church for the family and friends of teenager.

Michael Eden, reverend at St Peter and St Mary's Church, said Ronnie and those mourning his passing were in the prayers of his congregation.

He said: “I think it is very important in these circumstances to show the family they are not on their own.

“There is always the church community there to back them up if they need us.”

Police investigating the death are urging anyone with information about what happened to get in touch.

Any witnesses to Tuesday's accident should call Pc Roger Bishop on 01473 613500.

n. Do you want to pay tribute to Ronnie? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

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