Tributes paid to crash victim Shaun

TOUCHING messages from family and friends were today sent to a “fun-loving” Ipswich man who died in a road crash.

Simon Tomlinson

TOUCHING messages from family and friends were today sent to a “fun-loving” Ipswich man who died in a road crash.

Described as “one of life's good guys”, car-lover Shaun Ruddy had started a new job as a window fitter just two days before his tragic death.

The 25-year-old, of Ellenbrook Green, who has a twin brother, was pronounced dead at the scene after his blue Fiat Punto crashed into a ditch on Lower Road, Somersham, on Wednesday.


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His close family, who wish to remain anonymous, thanked the passer-by who stayed at Shaun's side until paramedics arrived.

His mother also said in a card: “To my darling son, aka Sun Tan Man.”

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According to friends, Mr Ruddy loved his car more than anything, often spending many hours, days or even weeks working on it.

His family have been left too shell-shocked to talk publicly, but some friends have left messages on a Facebook group called RIP Shaun, which has already attracted 90 members.

Kate Dixon wrote: “You were one of life's good guys and were tragically taken away from us I'm going to miss you like mad. I'm a lucky gal to have known such a decent and fun-loving guy you were.

“Take care hun, sleep tight. In heaven you'll be treasured on earth you'll remain sadly missed. Love ya always and forever hun.”

Tony Didcock added: “R.I.P Shaun. We will miss you stepbrother.”

Scarlett Smith said: “R.I.P Shaun. You will be missed by all of us. There will always be a place in my heart for a lovely cousin like you… keep smiling.

“You've been there throughout my childhood life of which I am very grateful. Love you hun take care now.”

A friend near to where he lived also told how he was passionate about his car and spent a lot of time modifying it and helping others with their vehicles.

Kasse Belet, 18, of Ellenbrook Green, said: “He would fix my car and didn't want me to pay for it. He was a very nice person, always smiling and happy. He loved his car, but the saddest thing is that his death was caused by his car.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward and urge anyone with information to call Pc Roy Dade at the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 01473 613500.

- To pay your tribute to Mr Ruddy, leave a comment below.

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