Man arrested after crash tragedy

A man has been arrested after the death of an “outgoing” and “bubbly” 22-year-old woman in a crash yesterday.

Josh Warwick

TRIBUTES have been paid to an “outgoing” and “bubbly” 22-year-old woman who was killed yesterday after her pick-up truck was in collision with a coach.

Abbie Pennell, who lived in Barham, was killed on the B1113 at Great Blakenham close to the A14 at about 8.15am.

Miss Pennell, who worked at Otley College, died at the scene after firefighters had cut her free from the wreckage of her black Mitsubishi Warrior.


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A 43-year-old man from Eye was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was released on bail to return to Bury St Edmund's police station on September 1.

Devastated friends last night said the former Claydon High School pupil had updated her Facebook page about an hour before the accident happened saying she was late for work and had woken up late again.

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Letitia Warren said: “I was in shock when I heard because she had been on Facebook about an hour before the accident saying that she was late for work and had woken up late again. People are just very shocked. I think it made it worse because she had spoken on Facebook not long before she died.”

She added: “Abbie was just very bubbly and enthusiastic and very funny. She was a very outgoing person and was well-known to everybody.”

Last night, many friends paid tribute to Miss Pennell on Facebook.

Jodie Easterbrook said: “Abbie was everything, I'm in shock she has been taken. Everyone loved her and she was very popular. She loved shopping, spending time with her boyfriend John and Yogi the dog. She loved her spray tans and having her nails and hair done. She was so great in everyway and you will never find another one like her if you searched the world over.”

James Clear, whose son had been born shortly before the accident, said: “You made us all smile and laugh and you were always there to help others. You will shine from the sky as one of the brightest stars in the universe. You will never be forgotten.”

Abbie Scriven added: “I just cannot picture life without seeing your smile, without the life and soul of the party! I'm going to miss you so much.”

Miss Pennell is the 25th person to die on Suffolk's roads this year. No passengers on the coach, owned by Needham Market-based Angus Travel, were hurt in the incident.

Avril Read, managing director of Angus Travel, said her thoughts and prayers were with the woman's family.

She said the coach driver was “shocked and very upset” and she described the incident as “a tragic accident”.

Anyone who may have seen anything that could help the police inquiry should telephone the force on 01473 613500

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