Tributes to second crash victim

TRIBUTES have today been paid to a “delightful, bubbly girl” who has become the second victim of a tragic car crash on a rural Suffolk road.Kirsten Duffus, 19, from Burgate, near Diss, died yesterday in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, after the car she was travelling in overturned in icy conditions on the B1077 at Ashbocking on Wednesday.

TRIBUTES have today been paid to a “delightful, bubbly girl” who has become the second victim of a tragic car crash on a rural Suffolk road.

Kirsten Duffus, 19, from Burgate, near Diss, died yesterday in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, after the car she was travelling in overturned in icy conditions on the B1077 at Ashbocking on Wednesday.

The crash had already claimed the life of Henry Wingate, 24, from Laxfield, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tragically the car was taking brothers, Henry and Max, Max's girlfriend Kirsten and another teenage girl, to the funeral of the brothers' grandfather, Tomas Bartlett, an 84-year-old widower from Ubbeston, near Halesworth.

Kirsten, a former pupil at Hartismere High School, was described as having “a real zest for life”.

She lived with her mother, Pauline, stepfather Peter Morgan and elder brother, Ewan.

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A Hartismere High spokeswoman said: “Kirsten was a delightful, bubbly girl with a real zest for life. She was hard working, dedicated to her studies, inspired and always up-beat.”

Mr and Mrs Morgan could not be contacted last night but a friend of the family said: “She was a very bright girl and very much into arts and music.”

Meanwhile, tributes to Henry, the son of Candida and Oliver Wingate, now separated and living in Laxfield and Halesworth respectively, have been made.

Mrs Wingate's sister, Sarah Taylor, said Henry had been a “fabulous and beautiful boy”.

She said: “It is very hard to believe this most awful tragedy could possibly have happened. Our hearts also go out to Kirsten's family.”

When mourners waiting at the funerals heard the dreadful news of the accident “a wail went up”.

Mourner Torben Merriott said: “I've never heard anything like it. Even the undertakers didn't know what to do - the place just fell to pieces.”

Mr Merriott, who runs Stradbroke-based Blackwing, a company providing stage lighting, said Henry had previously worked for the company and Max, 19, was a current employee.

Henry's sister, Phoebe, 26, travelled back to Suffolk from her home in Edinburgh after being told the tragic news.

Mrs Wingate is an arts adviser to Suffolk County Council. Mr Wingate is a writer.

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