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Family looking for answers following death of Suffolk teenager on A47 over claims she was ‘sectioned’ hours before crash

PUBLISHED: 08:20 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:29 25 May 2017

Tributes have been paid to Rachel Stoter, who died aged just 18 in a crash on the A47 on Monday, May 22. Picture: SUPPLIED BY RACHEL'S FAMILY

Tributes have been paid to Rachel Stoter, who died aged just 18 in a crash on the A47 on Monday, May 22. Picture: SUPPLIED BY RACHEL'S FAMILY

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The family of an 18-year-old Suffolk woman who died in a crash on the A47 have said the teenager was sectioned in hospital the night before she died.

Tributes have been paid to Suffolk teenager Rachel Stoter, who died in a crash on the A47 on Monday, May 22. Picture: SUPPLIED BY RACHEL'S FAMILY Tributes have been paid to Suffolk teenager Rachel Stoter, who died in a crash on the A47 on Monday, May 22. Picture: SUPPLIED BY RACHEL'S FAMILY

Rachel Stoter died at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston after she was seriously hurt in a collision with a lorry on the road’s northbound carriageway on Monday night.

Police have launched an investigation into her death, and according to her mother Michelle Whiting, the teenager was taken to hospital the night before she died and was later sectioned.

Ms Whiting, who is working with the police to establish what happened to her daughter, said Rachel was released from hospital the next day.

The teenager’s family have said they have a number of questions about the circumstances of the crash, and the hours leading up to it.

Rachel Stoter with her mother Michelle Whiting. Picture: SUPPLIED BY RACHEL'S FAMILY Rachel Stoter with her mother Michelle Whiting. Picture: SUPPLIED BY RACHEL'S FAMILY

Ms Whiting said: “There are questions I have. She was sectioned on Sunday night, then released on Monday.

“They shouldn’t have released her.

“Rachel was at James Paget, they released her on Monday, before the accident. She could have been walking back from the hospital (when she was hit).”

The 18-year-old, who attended Wenhaston Primary School, Halesworth Middle School and Bungay High School, had suffered from mental health problems over the past few years.

Tributes have been paid to Rachel Stoter, who died in a crash on the A47 on Monday, May 22. Picture: SUPPLIED BY RACHEL'S FAMILY Tributes have been paid to Rachel Stoter, who died in a crash on the A47 on Monday, May 22. Picture: SUPPLIED BY RACHEL'S FAMILY

Paying tribute to Rachel on Monday, her mother said she had recently been in and out of a number of mental health units run by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, including some in Ipswich and Lowestoft.

She added: “She had her problems but was a beautiful girl who always thought of others before herself.”

An inquest, which will take place in due course, will go into more detail about the circumstances of Rachel’s death.

Representatives for the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust said: “It is not appropriate to comment on this matter due to patient confidentiality.

“This matter is also the subject of an ongoing police investigation and coroner’s inquest.”

A spokesman for James Paget Hospital also said it would be inappropriate for them to comment at this time.

Suffolk Constabulary representatives said that the force are investigating and asked for witnesses to continue to call police on 101 quoting CAD 261 of Monday, May 22.

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