Suffolk's roads claim another life

A MOTORIST was killed in Suffolk last night when his car overturned and crashed into a tree.The accident happened at about 7pm in Rushford Road, Coney Weston, near Stanton, and was the second tragedy on the county's roads in three days.

A MOTORIST was killed in Suffolk last night when his car overturned and crashed into a tree.

The accident happened at about 7pm in Rushford Road, Coney Weston, near Stanton, and was the second tragedy on the county's roads in three days.

Last night, the devastated family of the man killed in the first accident - 23-year-old Martin Palmer, from Bildeston - paid tribute to him.

In the latest crash, the road was blocked for more than three hours. A police spokesman said: “The car left the road, went on to its side and hit a tree. One person was inside the vehicle.”


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Fire crews spent about an hour freeing the deceased man from the silver Vauxhall Vectra. No details of his identity were released last night.

The crash came just two days after Mr Palmer was found dead in his Nissan Primera after it veered off a quiet country road and smashed into a tree.

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He was discovered in the front garden of a house in Bury Road, Cockfield by the owner of the property just before 7am on Friday. It is not known how long he had been there.

Last night, his twin brother Simon said: “I know the police are investigating but I'm not sure we'll ever know what happened.”

Paying tribute to Martin, who had a girlfriend of two years, the 23-year-old said: “He was just a top bloke. Everyone I spoke to who knew him loved him.

“He was very active and outgoing. He never liked to sit around and always wanted to do something. If you saw us together you would think we were more like mates.

“Everyone is devastated. We've had so many cards and visitors. People have been really supportive.”

A minute's silence was held before Bildeston Rangers' Saturday league football match on Saturday - a game in which Simon played and scored.

He said: “I decided to play and the only two things I wanted to do was score and win the game. Luckily enough I managed to do both. There was a minute's silence and it was very emotional but I did it.

“So many people turned up to watch because of what had happened. We put Martin's tracksuit on a chair beside the pitch, at the spot where he would normally have watched from.”

Bob Palmer, 57, Martin's father, last night described his late son as “unique”.

He said: “He was just so full of life. He was so outgoing and enjoyed everything.

“I can't put into words how I feel about him. He was unique. Whenever he came to see me he would always give me a hand if I needed one. I have got my own fond memories of Martin that I'm going to keep to myself.”

Jason, 31, one of Martin's two older brothers, added: “He lived life to the full and had a heart of gold. That just about summed him up. He would help anyone if he could.”

Since news of Martin's death first broke, many of his close friends have gathered at the Red Lion pub in the village.

A collection has since raised a significant sum that will be put towards paying for his headstone.

Landlord Kevin Byford, 43, said: “The fact that so many people wanted to donate shows how much people cared for him.”

Rachel Parnham, 18, Simon's girlfriend, said: “I knew him for six months and he was such a wonderful guy. I haven't got any brothers or sisters but he was like a brother to me.”

Martin, who worked for Taylor Made Joinery, went to school in Monks Eleigh and Stoke-by-Nayland. He also attended Otley and West Suffolk colleges.

Any witnesses to the accident are urged to contact Pc Mick Marlow, at Suffolk police, on 01284 774224.

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