Tributes paid to A12 bike crash victim

TRIBUTES have been paid to a pensioner who died after the bicycle he was riding was involved in a collision with a skip lorry on the A12.

Mark Lord

TRIBUTES have been paid to a pensioner who died after the bicycle he was riding was involved in a collision with a skip lorry on the A12.

John Fraser, 77, from Westleton, near Dunwich, died on Friday, following an accident at Darsham. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident happed at about 2.45pm as Mr Fraser cycled from the junction of the C255 road, The Street, on to the A12.

Westleton parish priest, the Reverend Canon Richard Ginn, said: “This is so very sad, I saw him only the morning of the accident and he was in very good humour.

“He was not in the best of health, but his expeditions on his bicycle were one of the few enjoyments left to him. Obviously my thoughts go out to his wife and family at this time.”

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The A12 was closed for several hours while investigations were carried out following the accident which happened just north of the railway crossing at Darsham.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision and would particularly like to hear from drivers who were travelling behind the skip lorry, southbound, at the time of the crash.

It is believed there were at least half a dozen vehicles behind the lorry at the time of the accident and while police have spoken to several of these drivers it is thought there will be three or four others who officers still need to trace.

Any witnesses should call Pc Gavin Sharp at Halesworth Roads Policing Unit on 01986 835350.

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