Tributes to icy road crash victim

A GRIEVING mother travelling to her father's funeral was stopped at a police roadblock after her son's car flipped on an icy road and he was killed.Today, devastated Candida Wingate and her family were coming to terms with the death of 24- year-old Henry who was driving a Renault Clio on the way to his grandfather's funeral when the crash happened.

A GRIEVING mother travelling to her father's funeral was stopped at a police roadblock after her son's car flipped on an icy road and he was killed.

Today, devastated Candida Wingate and her family were coming to terms with the death of 24- year-old Henry who was driving a Renault Clio on the way to his grandfather's funeral when the crash happened.

The girlfriend of Henry's brother was critically injured in the incident, near Ipswich, and is fighting for her life in Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Today questions continued to mount about the state of the B1077 in the Ashbocking area north of Ipswich, and the response of the emergency services before the death crash happened on Wednesday morning.

Persistent Evening Star inquiries show that despite council bosses saying a manager had travelled the B1077 that morning and decided it did not need gritting, that was not the case.

Today a spokeswoman admitted that while staff were out and about on county roads, no-one had travelled the stretch of road where three crashes took place, with the final one being fatal.

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Today the victim's mother and the rest of her family, who live in the picturesque village of Laxfield near Eye were left devastated.

Her partner, Nigel Nelson, revealed that they had been following Henry and when they reached the blocked section of the B1077 shortly after the accident it was still very icy.

He said: “It was very slippery underfoot. We had stopped some distance away and it hadn't felt slippery while we were driving but when we got out of the car it was very slippery underfoot.”

He said the family had not known what the situation was with the gritters.

Mr Nelson said the whole family had been devastated by the accident. He said: “Henry was a wonderful young man, he was much loved and will be missed by an awful lot of people, especially his family.

“As you can understand the whole family is extremely upset and devastated about this.”

The small rural community of Laxfield is devastated by what has happened and is now rallying around the family.

Henry was originally from the Woodbridge area but lived in Norwich.

n. Send your tributes to Henry to starnews@eveningstar.co.uk or Evening Star 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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