Teen killed in A14 crash named

A 16-YEAR-OLD student who was killed in a crash on the A14 yesterday has been named locally as Sian Ryan.

A 16-YEAR-OLD student who was killed in a crash on the A14 yesterday has been named locally as Sian Ryan.

The teenager is thought to have been a student at Copleston High School in Ipswich.

Friends have started to pay tribute on social networking site Facebook, with one writing: “RIP Sian, I love you so much and going to miss you loads.

“Why did this have to happen to you? I love you, you will never be forgotten.”

A Kesgrave teenager was today being questioned by police after the crash on the A14 yesterday afternoon, which left the road closed for several hours.

Emergency services were called to the A14 around 6pm. Sian, a front-seat passenger, was killed after the Citroen Saxo she was travelling in was involved in a collision with an Audi A3 Tdi Sport.

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Motorists on both sides of the A14 desperately tried to help after the Saxo ploughed into a signpost following the collision on the Stowmarket-bound carriageway, just before the Nacton interchange.

Firefighters concealed the crash site with tarpaulins which were stretched between two fire engines as paramedics tended to Sian.

She was declared dead at the scene and the female driver of the Saxo was taken to Ipswich Hospital. The driver of the Audi was uninjured.

The A14 was closed for several hours at Seven Hills while an investigation was carried out and traffic was diverted down Felixstowe Road and back onto the A14 at Nacton.

The 18-year-old driver of the Audi, from Kesgrave, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was still in custody at Ipswich police station today.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the silver Citroen Saxo or the black Audi A3 Tdi Sport prior to this incident or who witnessed this incident.

Just a few hours earlier, a man in his 40s was killed while riding a quad bike less than a mile away in Ravenswood.

The man's family were by his bedside at Ipswich Hospital when he passed away at around 1.50pm, about an hour after the yellow Suzuki he was riding was in collision with railings in Tayberry Road.

The road was closed off while crash investigators gathered evidence and it did not re-open until around 6pm.

A spokeswoman from Suffolk police said: “He was conscious and breathing, but at 1.50pm it turned into a fatal accident as the man died. His family are aware and were at the hospital. The quad bike was recovered.”

Calls in relation to the A14 tragedy should be made to Pc Phil Smith at the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Anyone with information about the quad bike incident is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Suffolk Police on 01473 613500.

- For tributes to Sian and the latest on this story, see tomorrow's papers.