'Funny, family man' named as motorcyclist killed in crash on A1141

The family of a man who died in a crash near Sudbury have paid tribute to him

The family of a man who died in a crash near Sudbury have paid tribute to him - Credit: Suffolk police/supplied by the family

The family of a motorcyclist who died in a crash near Sudbury have paid tribute to him, saying their lives have been "shattered".

Police were called at about 8.20am on Sunday after a motorcyclist on a red Ducati bike crashed on the A1141, between Monks Eleigh and Brent Eleigh.

Paramedics also attended the incident, but the driver of the motorcycle was declared dead at the scene.

Pending formal coroner’s inquest proceedings, police have provisionally identified the victim as Darren Russell, 52, from Sudbury.

Both lanes of the A1141 were closed to enable a police investigation, but reopened later on Sunday. 

In a tribute, the family of Mr Russell said: "Our lives are shattered.

"A beloved husband, stepfather/father, son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, grandad, and much-loved friend to many.

“A life loving, hardworking, funny, family man, he enjoyed every second of his life whilst enriching the lives of those who loved him.

"Over the years he made many friends both in Sudbury and during his time in the army, and boxing, playing football, and golf.

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“He will be so terribly missed and leaves behind many broken hearts, but he also leaves behind a family who are united in their time of grief.

“He would have liked that.”

Mr Russell's death is the latest fatality to be reporting on Suffolk's roads within the last month. 

On May 30, two men were killed after a three-vehicle crash on the A11 between Elveden and Barton Mills, near Mildenhall.

Just days later on June 1, a woman in her 70s was involved in a crash between a lorry, a Land Rover Defender and a Porsche.

She died after being airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital for treatment for serious injuries.

On Wednesday, police confirmed 39-year-old man died after crashing into a lorry that was parked in a layby on the A14 near Woolpit the day before.

Police are still appealing for any witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage of the A1141 crash to come forward and contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Suffolk police, quoting reference number 37/36162/22