Driver to be charged over crash leading to OAP’s death

FELIXSTOWE: A driver has been summonsed to appear in court following a crash which led to the death of an Ipswich pensioner.

Vincent Miley, of Cornwall Road, Felixstowe, is due to be formally charged with causing death by careless/inconsiderate driving when he appears before South East Suffolk magistrates in Ipswich.

The 51-year-old was in a Vauxhall Astra which was involved in the collision with a Renault Megane at Tunstall, near Woodbridge, on August 21 last year, that led to the the death of Joy Spratt, of Tasmania Road.

The 81-year-old had been a passenger in the Astra.

She was on a trip to Sizewell with friends and her 21-year-old granddaughter Sam Miller when the crash happened just before 4.10pm.

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Mrs Spratt died nine days later after initially appearing to be recovering following the collision.

Five other people were hurt, including a 70-year-old woman who was seriously injured.

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Anne-Marie Breach, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary, said: “A 51-year-old Felixstowe man has been summonsed to appear at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court on Monday for causing death/inconsiderate driving in relation to a fatal collision at Tunstall on August 30.”

Mrs Spratt, who had been married to her husband Len for 32 years, had worked at St Clement’s Hospital for 25 years as an occupational therapist.

After leaving the hospital, Wickham Market-born Mrs Spratt ran the Pathway Club in Woodbridge, which helps people with mental disabilities.

Following his wife’s death, Mr Spratt said: “She was a wonderful person. She was a Joy by name and a joy by nature.”

Mrs Spratt lived in Woodbridge for much of her life and her father Stanley Hawes ran a popular fish and chip shop in the town.

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