Fatal motorcycle crash victim, 42, now named

Police at the scene of an accident on the A143 between Bury and Great Barton.

Police at the scene of an accident on the A143 between Bury and Great Barton. - Credit: Archant

The motorcyclist who died after colliding with a Range Rover near Great Barton has been named as 42-year-old Liam Jolly, from Bury St Edmunds.

Mr Jolly, who lived on Manor Ash Road in the Moreton Hall area of Bury, was pronounced dead at the scene of Sunday’s crash on the A143.

He became the fifth casualty on Suffolk’s roads in just seven weeks.

Suffolk police were called at 11.50am on Sunday June 7 to reports of the collision. They are continuing to investigate and have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

They are looking to trace the driver of a blue Vauxhall, thought to be a Corsa, who may have witnessed the motorbike overtaking him shortly before the collision, which happened between Bury and Great Barton.

The tragedy came eight days after a fatal motorbike crash on the A1101 at Lackford, which led to Suffolk County Council cabinet member for highways James Finch pledging to work with emergency services to make the county’s roads as safe as possible.

Three out of five people who died in the last two months have been aged under 20, while three were riding motorbikes.

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The fourth fatal accident, on May 30, involved the 47-year-old motorbiker David Lister, from Ely, and happened between West Stow Road, Flempton, and the Icknield Way junction at Lackford.

He died at the scene following a collision with a Ford Fusion.

This incident came just days after 18-year-old West Suffolk College student John Walsh died after the Vauxhall Corsa he was driving along the A14 at Rougham left the road and rolled into a field.

Mr Walsh, from Ash Road in Onehouse, near Stowmarket, died in hospital from serious brain injuries.

On May 13 another 18-year-old, Ellie Nixon, from Felixstowe, lost her life when her Ford Ka collided with a lorry in a lay-by on the eastbound carriageway of the A14 at Bucklesham.

And on April 24, 19-year-old father Darnell Meade, of Needham Market, died when he collided on his motorcycle with two other vehicles on Norwich Road, Barham.

Anyone who witnessed Sunday’s crash, or who believes they may have seen any of the vehicles prior to it, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101 quoting reference CAD 182 of June 7.