Police name motorist killed after Ford Focus crashes into building
- Credit: NEIL DIDSBURY
A man killed in a car crash in Bramford has been named by police as 59-year-old Robert Mills.
Officers were called just before 6am today to reports of a single vehicle collision on The Street in Bramford between Acton Road and Bullen Lane.
Suffolk police said that a blue Ford Focus, travelling from the direction of Acton Road into the village, went across the carriageway before colliding with a building.
The affected property, which is currently unoccupied, used to be The Angel pub which closed back in 2011.
Mr Mills, who was driving the vehicle, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
People living nearby described the Bramford resident as a “well-known” and “pleasant” man.
One local resident, who has lived in the area for 30 years, said: “He’s lived her for a few years. He used to go to the Legion a lot – he was well-known in Bramford.”
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A lady living next door to the affected property said: “They said it was one heck of a crash. That was at about ten to six this morning.
“You ought to have seen the state of the car.
“I have never seen anything like it. The whole front of the car had been smashed in.”
She added that it was “going on for lunchtime” by the time police cleared the scene.
Another neighbour, whose wife was one of the first on the scene, said the horrific event evoked memories of a car ramming into his own property.
“We had this happen to us seven years ago,” he said. “We had a car go into the front. [But] no-one got hurt that day.”
Suffolk Fire and Rescue mobilised a single engine from Princes Street while three ambulances and two rapid response vehicles were called to the incident shortly before 6am.
The road was closed from 6.15am until mid-morning to allow an investigation into the circumstances of the incident to get underway.
The vehicle was recovered at 10.17am and the road was re-opened soon after.
Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the manner of driving prior to the incident, or who have relevant dash-cam footage, to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101 quoting reference CAD 42 of September 10.