Felixstowe: Tributes to devoted dad killed in A14 crash

TRIBUTES have been paid to a devoted family man killed in a car crash on the A14 which also left his 18-month-old daughter seriously injured.

Akmal Ullah Kabiri was returning to his home in Felixstowe after taking his sick wife to Ipswich Hospital when the tragedy happened at 4.30am on Saturday.

The father-of-three’s green BMW is believed to have overturned near the Trimley exit.

Mr Kabiri, who owned the Maharaja takeaway in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, was pronounced dead at the scene, while his infant daughter Alisha was badly hurt.

Mr Kabiri’s brother-in-law Ikbal Hussain, said: “His family meant everything to him. He lived for his family.

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“Akmal was a very nice person. A lot of people know him in Felixstowe. He’s been here for around 12 to 15 years.

“A lot of people and his customers are very sad. They are devastated.”

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Mr Hussain, of Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, said Mr Kabiri, 49, had flown back from a holiday in Bangladesh on Friday.

He then went to work at his takeaway before going back to his Holland Road home in Felixstowe around 11pm, as his wife Rahima Khanom Layla was ill.

Mr Kabiri drove her to Ipswich Hospital taking Alisha with him, after asking Mr Hussain to go to his home to look after the couple’s two boys, Mohiuddin, five, and Rafi, three.

Mr Kabiri spent several hours waiting for the results of tests on his wife. He then decided to return home with his daughter, after his wife was kept in hospital.

Although there was nothing that could be done to save Mr Kabiri, who used to run the Nice ‘n’ Spicy tandoori takeaway in Undercliff Road West, Alisha was taken to Ipswich Hospital following the crash.

She was then transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Yesterday relatives said she had suffered chest injuries, but her condition was improving.

Mr Hussain said Mr Kabiri’s wife was also moved from Ipswich Hospital to Addenbrooke’s to be treated for what was believed to be a fever.

Lisa McGrann, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary, said an inquest into Mr Kabiri’s death would open in due course.

The A14 was closed until for around four and a half hours after the tragedy while a police investigation got under way.

Any witnesses to the collision, or who may have seen Mr Kabiri’s BMW leading up to the crash, should telephone Pc Danny Ormes at Suffolk police’s serious collision investigation team on 01473 613500.

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