Family suffers second tragedy

A GRIEVING family has been hit by a second tragedy on the anniversary of the death of their teenage daughter.

Richard Smith

A GRIEVING family has been hit by a second tragedy on the anniversary of the death of their teenage daughter.

Police are investigating the “unexplained” death of a six-year-old boy at an address in Nacton Road, Ipswich, yesterday.

It is the home of the Gaecke family, and was where 15-year-old Sarah Gaecke lived until her death in a tragic road crash on December 21 last year.


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The identity of the boy has not been released, but police said he had died yesterday soon after an ambulance crew arrived at the home.

The family were too upset to speak yesterday about the boy's death.

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Neighbours were already mourning the sad anniversary of Sarah's death when the latest tragedy occurred and they were also too upset to speak about the death of the young boy.

Suffolk police said officers were called to the Nacton Road property at 8.27am yesterday after being contacted by the ambulance service who were there to treat a six-year-old boy.

Inspector Chris Wolton said: “The child was pronounced dead at the property a short time later. The death is being treated as unexplained at this time and further inquiries are being carried out.

“The coroner has been informed and a post mortem examination will be carried out in due course.”

Sarah Gaecke was a pupil at Holywells High School, Ipswich, and she lived with mother Vici, brother Jacob, who was five years old at the time of her death in 2007, and baby sister Isabelle.

Jacob was born with holoprosencephaly, a brain malfunction, and this profoundly affected his physical abilities.

Sarah died three days after her 15th birthday. She was a passenger in an unroadworthy Renault 19 car when the 19-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle.

The car crashed near Nacton on the A14 and although Sarah survived the crash she was then hit by another vehicle as she tried to scramble clear.

Her mother, Vici Gaecke, was distraught when the Renault driver was given fines and penalty points by magistrates in Ipswich and she said he should have been sent to jail.

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