Tributes paid to Hintlesham crash victim

NEIGHBOURS today spoke of the “lovely lady” who was killed in a horrific crash not far from her home.

NEIGHBOURS today spoke of the “lovely lady” who was killed in a horrific crash not far from her home.

The accident on Silver Hill, Hintlesham, left pensioner Gwendoline Spink dead and her husband Ken in Ipswich Hospital with serious injuries. He is understood to have lost an arm in the crash.

Mrs Spink died when their Citroen Xantia car, being driven by her 72-year-old husband, was involved in an accident involving three cars and a lorry close to Hillside Nurseries just before 4pm last Thursday .

Four ambulances and an air ambulance went to the scene on the A1071, along with two fire engines, a rescue tender and police officers. The road was closed for five hours while the scene was cleared.

Crews from Suffolk Fire and Rescue had to use heavy cutting gear to release them from the wreckage.

Villagers said Mr and Mrs Spink - who lived in a detached bungalow in Duke Street, Hintlesham - had lived in the village for around 40 years.

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“They were a very quiet couple and kept themselves to themselves - you almost wouldn't have known they lived here,” said one neighbour.

“But they were always very pleasant and very nice if you saw them.”

Another neighbour said: “She was a lovely lady and they were a really nice couple.

“It is a great shame and a terrible thing to happen, everyone round here was really shocked. They will be missed.”

Villagers said they had been told Mr Spink had lost an arm in the accident and would be in hospital for a while.

Mr and Mrs Spink have two children, a boy and a girl, now grown up and married and both living in Canada. The couple had several times spoken of moving out to Canada to be with them but had never done so.

The driver of the Volvo lorry and a woman from one of the other cars involved in the accident - a BMW estate and a Ford Mondeo - were taken to hospital with injuries not thought to be serious.

The lorry driver was kept in overnight for observation. His company, Hollesley-based WJ Mills road haulage contractors, are holding their own investigation into the accident.

Mrs Spink was the 17th person to die on Suffolk's roads this year.

Would you like to pay tribute to Mrs Spink? Call The Evening Star news desk on 01473 324788 or email

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