Great Barton A143 motorbike fatal crash is fifth fatal in seven weeks on Suffolk’s roads

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

A man who has not been named died yesterday after colliding with a range rover near Bury St Edmunds.

The motorcyclist became the fifth person to die on Suffolk’s roads in just seven weeks.

The man died at the scene after a collision with a Range Rover on the A143 at Great Barton at around 11.50am yesterday.

The tragedy came eight days after a fatal motorbike crash on the A1101 at Lackford, and Suffolk police are appealing for any witnesses who can help with the investigation.

Last night, James Finch, transport cabinet member at Suffolk County Council, said: “The safety of Suffolk’s roads is under constant review at all times.”

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Following the crash at Lackford, Mr Finch pledged to work with all partners, including the police, fire service and the Police and Crime Commissioner to make Suffolk’s roads as safe as possible.

This incident happened on the eve of National Road Safety Week, which Suffolk Fire and Rescue will be supporting over the coming days.

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A statement from the fire service said: “Road collisions are still the leading cause of death for young adults between 15 and 19. We need to bring down this disproportionately high fatality rate and save young lives, raising awareness in young people, their peers, parents and influencers of the dangers and consequences of driver distraction.”

Three of the five recent casualties in Suffolk have been under the age of 18. The age of yesterday’s victim in not known.

The fourth fatal accident, on May 30, happened between West Stow Road, Flempton, and the Icknield Way junction at Lackford. The 47-year-old motorbiker, David Lister, from Ely, died at the scene following a collision with a Ford Fusion.

The 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 head 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.

Earlier this year, on March 23, an 18-year-old passenger was killed in a crash on the A134 at Assington, Suffolk, after the Vauxhall Corsa he was in left road. The driver, an 18-year-old from Berkshire was later arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Police would like to hear from any witnesses to yesterday’s incident or anyone who may have seen a motorbike riding in the area shortly beforehand. Calls should be made to the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101 quoting reference CAD 182 of June 7.

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