Tributes to death crash teenagers

A DEVASTATED teenager today paid tribute after her two sisters were killed in a horrific car crash which claimed the life of four people.A night out to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Ipswich Town Football Club in Portman Road while celebrating finishing their A-levels ended in tragedy after best friends Claire Stoddart and Carla Took, both 18, died along with Claire's 15-year-old sister Jennifer.

A DEVASTATED teenager today paid tribute after her two sisters were killed in a horrific car crash which claimed the life of four people.

A night out to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Ipswich Town Football Club in Portman Road while celebrating finishing their A-levels ended in tragedy after best friends Claire Stoddart and Carla Took, both 18, died along with Claire's 15-year-old sister Jennifer.

As reported in Saturday's Evening Star, the Vauxhall Astra they were travelling in collided with a Renault Laguna on the A12 at Blythburgh at around 12.50am on Saturday.

Another man also died in the crash. Simon Bonner, 40, from Yoxford was travelling in the Laguna in the opposite direction. A 41-year-old woman who was also in the Laguna is today fighting for her life in James Paget Hospital and a 21-year-old man who was believed to be driving the Laguna is suffering from leg injuries.

The girls who were all from Lowestoft and attended the Benjamin Britten High School had been travelling in a sky blue Vauxhall Astra with two other 18-year-olds when they were in collision with the purple Laguna. An 18-year-old girl is suffering from multiple injuries and is in James Paget Hospital while an 18-year-old boy was treated for a broken thumb and seat belt injuries.

Today Claire and Jennifer's sister Amy paid tribute to Claire on their school website.

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She said: I love you loads and I'm going miss you so much.

“You would always tell me off for stealing your clothes and more, but we'd always make up soon enough.

“We sometimes drove each other up the wall, but it didn't mean we didn't love each other. I'm going to miss those fights and I'm going to miss you so much. From your loving sister Amy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Their devastated school friends have also been leaving tributes on the school website and the headteacher, Trevor Osborne of the school sent out a message of condolence.

He said: “It was with the deepest sadness that we heard of the accident which robbed us of Claire, Carla and Jenny so early in their promising lives. The thoughts of the whole school go to the family and loved ones of our lost friends.

“Claire was a lively and popular member of our sixth form community who will be sorely missed. She was a kind friendly young lady whose ability was matched by her empathy and love for others.

“Carla similarly was a much loved member of the school community whose loss will be felt acutely by the many who were touched by her generosity of spirit. Carla will be remembered for her keen sense of fun and her loving nature.

“Jenny was taken from us in Year 10 of her school career and leaves a vacuum in that year group. She was a much loved student whose friends stretched across the whole school age range. She will be remembered for her love of music and her empathy for others.

Meanwhile Ipswich Town's chairman David Sheepshanks also sent the club's condolences to the relatives of the four people who died in the crash.

Mr Sheepshanks said: “It is utterly tragic news after a night when so many young people enjoyed themselves. On behalf of everyone at the football club I would like to send our very deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives.

Suffolk Constabulary has launched an investigation into the crash and is appealing for witnesses who may have seen the two cars just prior to the accident to get in touch.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said they were particularly keen to speak to the driver and passengers of a white stretch limousine that was travelling southbound on the A12 moments before the collision.

She said: “Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses. We would now like trace the driver of a white stretch limo seen at the scene travelling southbound.

“The vehicle had males in the back and drove off just after the collision. We would be keen to trace the driver and the occupants as potential witnesses.

“Anyone who believes they saw the collision or the blue Vauxhall Astra or purple Renault Laguna in the moments before the accident should also get in touch.”

Anybody who may be able to help should contact Pc Gavin Sharpe of the Halesworth traffic division on 01473 613500.

n. Do you have a tribute you would like to pay to the girls or Mr Bonner? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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