Tributes to crash teenager

PARENTS of a teenager killed in a road crash have paid tribute to their happy-go-lucky son - a “cheeky” young man who had lived life to the full and made many friends.

PARENTS of a teenager killed in a road crash have paid tribute to their happy-go-lucky son - a “cheeky” young man who had lived life to the full and made many friends.

Danny Lupson , 18, died when the car in which he was a back-seat passenger left the road, hit a tree and overturned at Yaxley, near Eye, in the early hours of Friday.

The car driver, who is thought to have family in Mellis but lives in the Ipswich area, was yesterday still in a critical condition in Addenbrooke's Hospital.

A second male passenger in the car escaped unhurt but was treated for shock.

The road, the old route through the village before the A140 bypass was built, was sealed off for more than six hours after the crash.

Dozens of floral tributes were laid over the weekend beside the sharp bend where the car left the road and beneath the tree hit by the vehicle.

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Danny, had lived all his life in neighbouring Mellis and was well known and well liked in the area.

A former pupil of the village primary school and Hartismere High School at Eye, he worked for Groupbridge of Elmswell.

Danny's mother, Carol, 41, said: “He was dearly loved by all his family and friends. We are only now realising how popular he was and just how many friends he had. His charm and smile could win anyone over within minutes.

“The whole family is devastated and heartbroken at his loss and we thank everyone for their support and kindness, including the police family liaison team.”

Father, Ian, 42, said his son had been “cheeky” and full of life. He said: “He got on with people of all ages - everyone loved him.”

Among the floral tributes at the accident scene was a teddy bear placed by Danny's 12-year-old sister, Victoria, known as Tori .

It said: “To my big brother - you will always be loved.” Danny also leaves a brother, James, 17.

Suffolk police are appealing for witnesses to the accident, which occurred about 2am on Friday.

Anyone able to help police investigating the accident should contact Sgt Paul Ward of Suffolk Constabulary's Serious Collision Investigation Team on 01473 613500.