Police question man over two death crash

POLICE were last night questioning a 20-year-old man who was arrested after a car crash which took the lives of two women and seriously injured another.

Naomi Cassidy

POLICE were last night questioning a 20-year-old man who was arrested after a car crash which took the lives of two women and seriously injured another.

The man from Ipswich was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after the incident in the early hours of Saturday morning but was held under police guard at Ipswich Hospital where he was being treated for a suspected fractured collarbone and could not be questioned until he was discharged.

Last night a Suffolk Police spokeswoman confirmed that the man had left hospital and was taken to the custody unit at Ipswich Police Station where he was being interviewed by officers.


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The three women involved in the crash, Kate Wasyluk, 25, Emma, 26, and Rebecca Harold, 25, were just 200 metres from home, when a silver Citroen Saxo collided with them on the pavement in Foxhall Road.

They had been enjoying a soul night at the St Clements Sports and Social Club before leaving around midnight for their short walk home. It was as they were approaching the junction of Dover Road that tragedy struck.

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Despite life-saving efforts of the paramedics on the scene, Kate and Emma were pronounced dead a short time after arriving at Ipswich Hospital.

Rebecca remains in a critical but stable condition in Ipswich Hospital. She suffered lower body and leg injuries but is believed to be recovering well.

More tributes have been flooding in for the girls as the community continues to express their grief through messages on websites and dozens of floral tributes at the scene.

It has emerged that Emma, of Foxhall Road, had worked for Willis in the claims division in Ipswich since September 2006, and Kate, of Irlam Road, worked for Churchill Insurance in Crown Street, Ipswich. It believed they also worked at the Co-op shop in Foxhall Road at some time.

Brendan McManus, chief executive officer of Willis UK and Ireland, said: “Willis is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Emma Harold over the weekend. Emma worked in our Willis UK & Ireland claims division since September 2006 and was a real asset to the team and the company. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this very sad time.”

A Churchill Insurance spokesman said: “Our thoughts and sympathy are with Kate's family and friends at this difficult time.”

Former school friends of the girls, who attended Copleston High School, have also paid their respects by leaving touching messages at the scene of the crash.

David East, deputy head teacher of Copleston High School, said: “The Copleston community was very saddened to hear of the deaths of Emma and Kate at the weekend. There are many staff who have fond memories of Emma and Kate when they were pupils at Copleston High School, and their contributions to our community. Our thoughts are with their families at this very sad time.”

There has also been a message left on Emma's Facebook site by her fiance Mohamed.

It states: “Did you know that god above created you Emma for me to love, he picked me out of all the rest because he knew i would love you best. My heart is more than broken, but heaven has truly been blessed with a beautiful angel. You are the most beautiful loving, caring person i knew and i will miss you so much sweetheart. You changed my life, i will never forget you and i will never lose my love for you, God Bless you and rest in peace, love you Mo xxxxxxx”

A 22-year-old woman from Ipswich, who was also arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, was bailed to return to Ipswich Police Station on March 18.

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who saw the silver Citroen Saxo prior to collision or the collision itself to call the serious collision investigation team at police headquarters on 01473 613500.

Tributes:-

- A friend said: “Kate was such a wonderful person, beautiful inside and out. I will miss you so much. And to Emma who was such a kind and loving soul. My heart to your families and everyone who loved you. You will both always be remembered with love x”

- Katie Jacobs, Ipswich said: “Kate you will be sadly missed. You were the sunshine in everyone's life that knew you and were always smiling. Memories still live on and always will. Sleep well our angel.”

- “Kate and Emma, I have some really fond memories of us three working at the Co-op. It is so cruel that you have been snatched from us. My thoughts and heart go out to your family. Love Laura.”

- “Emma, You are one of the most wonderful people I have ever known. No one deserves this-least of all you. You were genuine, happy, unselfish, loyal and trustworthy friend and I will never forget you.”

- “Kate, I have so many good memories. It is true what they say, the good die young. I know you have gone to a better place. Lyndsey.”

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