Teenager Jake Paxton named as second A14 Rougham fatal crash victim as tributes paid to William Smedley

William Smedley, described by his family as a kind and caring young man. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULA

William Smedley, described by his family as a kind and caring young man. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY - Credit: Archant

The family of a teenager killed in a crash on the A14 on Boxing Day have described him as a kind, loyal and generous young man.

The area where the collision took place on the A14 eastbound at Rougham in west Suffolk. Picture: GR

The area where the collision took place on the A14 eastbound at Rougham in west Suffolk. Picture: GREGG BROWN

William Smedley died at the scene of the collision, near Rougham, which also claimed the life of fellow passenger Jake Paxton.

The 18-year-old’s family said: “(William) was a caring son, loving grandson, doting big brother, a loyal, kind, generous beautiful young man.

“Gone but never ever forgotten.”

Their tribute comes as police named Jake Paxton, also 18, as the second victim of the crash.

Floral tributes to William Smedley who died in a collision on the A14 near Rougham. Pictured: ARCHAN

Floral tributes to William Smedley who died in a collision on the A14 near Rougham. Pictured: ARCHANT


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The teenager, from Bury St Edmunds, died in hospital from injuries he sustained in the collision, which involved a Ford Fiesta and a Vauxhall Corsa.

Emergency crews were sent to the scene, near junction 45 for Rougham, at 9.30pm.

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Both Mr Smedley and Mr Paxton died as a result of the crash.

A memorial for both victims was held yesterday in Bury St Edmunds’ Arc shopping centre.

Crash victim William Smedley. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Crash victim William Smedley. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help with William’s funeral costs by close family friend Darren Flaum, who described the teenager as “a really good kid”.

The driver of the Ford Fiesta was also taken to hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening or life-changing.

The female driver of the Vauxhall Corsa, a 19-year-old woman, was not injured.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the crash as an investigation into what happened continues.

Floral tributes to William Smedley who died in a collision on the A14 near Rougham. Pictured: ARCHAN

Floral tributes to William Smedley who died in a collision on the A14 near Rougham. Pictured: ARCHANT

To help, call the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101 quoting incident number 332 of December 26.

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