Floral tributes laid at crash scene
FLORAL tributes have been placed beside the road close to a spot where a popular north Suffolk teenager lost his life following an accident last week.Ben Oakes, 17, of Manor Road, Bungay, had been travelling in a Vauxhall Vectra that overturned in Flixton Road, halfway between Flixton and Bungay, at about 3pm on Thursday, July 22.
By David Lennard
FLORAL tributes have been placed beside the road close to a spot where a popular north Suffolk teenager lost his life following an accident last week.
Ben Oakes, 17, of Manor Road, Bungay, had been travelling in a Vauxhall Vectra that overturned in Flixton Road, halfway between Flixton and Bungay, at about 3pm on Thursday, July 22.
Mr Oakes, who was not thought to be driving the vehicle at the time of the crash, was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital but died shortly after arrival.
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Two other people in the car, a 30-year-old man and an 18-year-old were injured in the accident.
It is believed the older man sustained a broken arm and leg while the 18-year-old is thought to have a broken pelvis and shoulder, and chest injuries.
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Ever since the accident there has been a steady flow of people placing floral tributes beside the road where the crash happened.
Yesterday new tributes were still being left at the scene where the damaged verge and broken glass were painful reminders of the tragedy.
Many of the tributes referred to Ben's happy personality and how he was always prepared to help his friends.
One said: “You were so funny. “The memories we have of you are so happy.”
Another read: “I will always remember you as a great mate,” while other personal messages read: “The best friend I ever had” and simply “Miss you mate”.
Police officers from Halesworth Traffic Unit are investigating the accident.
A police spokeswoman said: “It is thought the car had overtaken several vehicles, including a blue van, before the collision.
“Although we have traced several of these drivers, we would appeal to other motorists, including the van driver, to come forward.”
Police would also like to hear from anyone who may have seen the Vauxhall Vectra being driven in the Bungay area earlier on Thursday.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact Halesworth Traffic Unit on 01986 835350.