Memorial today for tragic crash family

A MEMORIAL service for a mother and three children who died in a tragic road accident will be held today .Cortina Hamilton, 20, and her children – three-year-old Alyssa, Malik, 22 months, and stepson Jalin, five – died on Friday night when their Honda Accord was in collision with another car before landing on its roof in the water-filled dyke.

A MEMORIAL service for a mother and three children who died in a tragic road accident will be held today .

Cortina Hamilton, 20, and her children – three-year-old Alyssa, Malik, 22 months, and stepson Jalin, five – died on Friday night when their Honda Accord was in collision with another car before landing on its roof in the water-filled dyke.

Despite desperate attempts from the emergency services, all four family members died at the scene.

A service in their memory will be held at RAF Mildenhall where Mrs Hamilton's American husband Curtis was an aircraft maintenance engineer.


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Captain Shane Balken, from RAF Mildenhall, revealed that a fund had also been started for Mr Hamilton, who lives in Ely.

Mrs Hamilton is thought to have been driving to RAF Mildenhall to pick up her husband when the accident involving the Honda and a Vauxhall Vectra happened on the A1101 at Burnt Fen, near Mildenhall.

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The accident sparked fury among campaigners who have been calling for road improvements for years.

After seven Americans have lost their lives on the road in the last four years, residents and councillors have renewed a plea for chevrons, crash barriers and a lower speed limit along the stretch of road.

Campaigner Kay Sallis, who lives just yards from the site of Friday's accident, said something had to be done and soon – after almost witnessing another head-on collision on Tuesday .

She said: "I came home at about 4.30pm and three cars overtook us even before we had got into a gate.

"When the third car past, an American lady driving the other way had to come to a standstill to avoid another head-on collision. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

"I have spoken to Suffolk County Council who said there is nothing they can do until the scientific investigation by the police has been completed."

The road is flanked in parts by steep 20-foot drops into water-filled ditches and there have also been calls to fill the ditch in.

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