Teenage biker killed in crash

A TEENAGE motorcyclist has been named as the fourth person to die on Suffolk's roads this year.Gary Burroughs, 19, of Hooper Square, Bury St Edmunds, was in collision with a transit pickup in nearby Tollgate Lane yesterday at 7.

A TEENAGE motorcyclist has been named as the fourth person to die on Suffolk's roads this year.

Gary Burroughs, 19, of Hooper Square, Bury St Edmunds, was in collision with a transit pickup in nearby Tollgate Lane yesterday at 7.30am.

He died later at West Suffolk Hospital.

Staff at the Speedy Hire depot rushed to help Mr Burroughs after his black Yamaha collided with a low loader vehicle, belonging to the tool hire company, which was parked outside their premises in Lancaster Avenue.


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No other vehicle was involved

Denis Martin, managing director at Speedy Hire Southern, said: "It is sad for such a tragic incident to occur outside our premises. Our sympathies go to the motorcyclist's family and friends as well as our employees who witnessed this tragic event."

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A Suffolk police spokesman added: "Staff from Speedy hire were particularly helpful at the scene offering assistance and we are particularly grateful to them for this."

"Around the time of the accident, a bus dropped a number of passengers off, some of whom may have witnessed the accident or saw the motorcyclist prior to the collision," he added.

Campaigners have stepped up their calls for improvements claiming parking and the number of vehicles using the road is becoming a serious safety issue.

Edward Matthams, said: "It was very shocking and upsetting to have a car accident so close to where you live. My wife heard the bang and we were afraid it might have been a fatal accident."

Mr Matthams said the stretch of road had long been a subject for concerns among residents. He added: "The junction is rather dangerous and has been for many years and there seems to be a need for some control."

St Edmundsbury Borough Council engineer Steve Boor said: "We carried out some junction alterations a few years ago. It was action we thought was appropriate and we think it seems to have made a difference.

"The only thing currently going on in our programme is that we are looking at a 20mph past the schools in Beetons Way and Tollgate Primary School.

"We will look at the details of the fatality and if there is something we can do to reduce the likelihood of any more accidents, we will do so."

Commenting on the tragic number of fatalities so far this year, the police spokesman said: "Any death on Suffolk's roads is a tragedy and Suffolk Constabulary, along with partner agencies such as the county council, is committed to reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on the county's roads.

"Police will continue to concentrate on the two key areas of enforcement and education to make our roads safer. Officers will continue to target those motorists who show a disregard for other road users by blatantly ignoring the law.

Anyone with any information about the accident should contact Suffolk police on 01284 774100.

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