Tributes to crash victim

MOVING tributes have been paid to a much-loved 20-year-old who died in a crash on a Suffolk road.Sarah Jane Lynch, from Walsham-le-Willows, was killed when her car left the road and collided with a tree less than two miles from her home.

MOVING tributes have been paid to a much-loved 20-year-old who died in a crash on a Suffolk road.

Sarah Jane Lynch, from Walsham-le-Willows, was killed when her car left the road and collided with a tree less than two miles from her home.

Devastated friends of the former Thurston Upper School pupil - known as SJ - said she was a “dedicated, intelligent and conscientious” student, who would be sorely missed.

Speaking on behalf of the school, sixth form student services manager Debbie Thomas said: “She was admired by all for her exuberant and magnetic personality.

“She gave 100 per cent to her studies in college and was a supportive friend to many.”

Miss Lynch, who lived with her father, brother, sister and grandparents in the quiet Suffolk village near Bury St Edmunds, left school at 18 after getting three A grades at A-level, when she studied drama, English literature and psychology.

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Mrs Thomas added: “SJ's love of performing meant that she took an active part in college productions, and in the wider community performing in pantomime and chorus lines.

“She will be fondly remembered by all staff at the college, for her warmth, kindness and generosity of spirit. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.”

Emergency services were called to the C645 road that leads from Walsham-le-Willows to the nearby village of Ixworth at around 4.30am on Monday. Miss Lynch was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her death came just two days after 18-year-old Katie Whitehead, from Hockwold in Norfolk, died when her Citroen Saxo left the B1106, near Brandon Country Park, and hit a tree before landing on its roof.

Inquests into both deaths were yesterday opened and adjourned at the coroner's office at Shire Hall, in Bury.

Suffolk police are now carrying out investigations into both incidents, in a bid to determine their cause. Anyone with information that might help officers with their inquiries should contact 01284 774100.

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