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Tributes paid to crash victim

PUBLISHED: 09:37 30 June 2003 | UPDATED: 14:03 03 March 2010

A HEARTBROKEN father has paid tribute to his "wonderful" daughter who was killed in a road accident on a secluded country lane.

Toni Aldrich, 18, of Wilde Street, Beck Row, died when the white Skoda Felicia she was driving left Undley Road, near Beck Row Common, and collided with a tree.

A HEARTBROKEN father has paid tribute to his "wonderful" daughter who was killed in a road accident on a secluded country lane.

Toni Aldrich, 18, of Wilde Street, Beck Row, died when the white Skoda Felicia she was driving left Undley Road, near Beck Row Common, and collided with a tree.

Her distraught father Colin Aldrich, a Beck Row parish councillor, said: "Toni was a lover of life and a lover of people. She was concerned for all, no matter what their age, creed or colour.

"She had so many friends of all ages and her death will leave a black hole, not only in my life, my family's life, but the life of the whole community.

"Everybody around here knew and loved Toni, even some of the police officers who have been here have been in tears.

"We have been inundated with flowers and cards and even people I didn't know have been knocking on our door, offering their condolences. We are so grateful for all the support the community has given us."

A sea of floral tributes has been placed alongside the quiet country road where Toni died in the accident on Friday.

Toni had been delivering for Domino's Pizza in Mildenhall, where she had worked since leaving school at the age of 16, when her car left the road. No other vehicle was involved in the accident and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

In January Toni became the youngest manager of a Domino's Pizza outlet and had just passed all her managerial courses. She was also in the process of buying her first home.

Her father said: "Toni was not the best scholar in the world, but she knew where she was going.

"She loved her job and the people who worked for her. She had such a bright future ahead of her and her death is heartbreaking. Her hobby was life, she was carefree and would bend over backwards to help anyone."

When she first started working for Domino's Pizza, the teenager worked under Leslie Coppin, who was among the British contingent arrested and acquitted of spying charges in Greece.

In a note to Toni's family, Mrs Coppin said: "Toni was a strong character, with a good heart. She was never frightened to learn and stood her ground and spoke up for what she believed in.

"As a result, she achieved her goal of becoming Domino's youngest manager and was deserving of all her efforts. I hope these memories give you some comfort."

Suffolk police are still investigating the cause of the crash and appealed for witnesses to contact them on 01473 613500.

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