Tributes pour in for 'sports mad' Sian

TRIBUTES poured in yesterday for a “sports mad'' 16-year-old girl who died in an horrific accident on the A14.

Annie Davidson

TRIBUTES poured in yesterday for a “sports mad'' 16-year-old girl who died in an horrific accident on the A14.

Sian Ryan died at the scene of the crash when the Citroen Saxo she was travelling in collided with an Audi A3 Tdi Sport car and then ploughed into a signpost.

Last night, it emerged that both the drivers involved in the accident had been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and later released on bail.

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The 18-year-old male driver of the Audi, from Kesgrave, was arrested soon after the fatal accident early on Monday evening.

Police arrested the Citroen driver, a 19-year-old woman from the Ipswich area, yesterday.

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Both teenagers were released without charge on police bail yesterday afternoon and must report back to Ipswich Police Station on October 5.

The road was closed for several hours after the accident which happened at around 6pm on the westbound carriageway of the A14 opposite the Orwell Crossing lorry park and just before the Nacton interchange.

Yesterday tributes were paid to Sian, a Copleston High School pupil, who was described as “sports mad”.

The teenager had played for the Ipswich Town Girls' Centre of Excellence under-16's football team and was to be a goalkeeper for the women's reserve team at a match on Sunday. It has been cancelled following Monday's tragedy.

She also took part in an England training camp and competed in the Suffolk Youth Games.

Last year Sian, of Alan Road, Ipswich, was one of a select group of youngsters chosen to attend a conference meeting Olympic and Paralympic athletes and learning skills to promote the ideals of the world-wide games.

She was picked for the Young Ambassador Conference at Derby County Football Club because of her contribution to sport.

Steve Martin, under-16s coach for Ipswich Town Girls' Centre of Excellence and ladies first team manager, spoke to Sian just hours before her death.

He said yesterday: “She was a cheeky character and she had a great smile. She really was the life and soul of the party.

“She was liked by everyone - all of the team and the coaches.

“Sian put 100% effort into everything she did.

“I know lots of people say things like that when something like this happens but she truly was like that.”

Mr Martin added: “She was just such a lovely girl and it is so hard to take in that this has happened.

“We are all in a state of shock.

“I spoke to her only that afternoon about playing in the reserves game on Sunday and she said 'see you at training.'

“I have been in a daze but of course what I feel is not even a hundredth of what her family are feeling and I feel so very sorry for them.

“I can't imagine what they are going through.”

Director of Ipswich Town Girls' Centre of Excellence, Mark Lawrence, said: “To lose somebody who was just such a fantastic young person with her whole life ahead of her - we are all numb.

“She was always such a fun-loving girl with a great attitude towards her football.

“She had great potential as the majority of the players at the centre of excellence are at an elite level.”

Friends have also paid tribute to Sian on social networking sites 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.”

Another wrote: “RIP Sian. You was a true star. Never forget your gorgous smile and the great times we had together.

“Always was my true friend. Never be forgotten or replaced.”

A minute's silence will be held for Sian before the Ipswich Town women's team match against Dagenham and Redbridge at Whitton United's home ground in Ipswich on Sunday.

* Police are continuing to investigate the death of a man who suffered fatal injuries when his quad bike crashed in a residential estate in Ipswich.

The man suffered serious head injuries and died in Ipswich Hospital after colliding with railings outside a house in Tayberry Close on the Ravenswood Estate at 12.30pm on Monday.

His identity has not yet been released.

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