Tributes to tragic teenage motorcyclist

By Mark HeathA GRIEVING mother has spoken of her “easygoing and friendly” teenage son, who lost his short battle for life after being seriously injured in a road crash.

By Mark Heath

A GRIEVING mother has spoken of her “easygoing and friendly” teenage son, who lost his short battle for life after being seriously injured in a road crash.

Callum Crawley died in Ipswich Hospital at about 7.30am on Thursday after suffering serious injuries to his head and abdominal area.

The 18-year-old had been involved in a crash about six hours earlier when he was riding his Honda motorbike on the A1152 near Wilford Bridge and never regained consciousness.


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Speaking yesterday from the family's home in Tunstall Common, near Woodbridge, his heartbroken mother, Michaela Winterman, told of her shock at her eldest son's death.

Callum, who was born in Sheffield, moved to the area with his mother and his two brothers - Jordan, 16, and Ross, 14 - in 1999.

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A keen sportsman, he went to Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge and was a member of Saxmundham Scouts for three years.

Mrs Winterman said Callum had studied for a bricklaying qualification at Otley College and got a job at H. Marshall, a building firm based in Rushmere, before buying his 125cc bike.

She added: “Callum enjoyed his work and was looking forward to a time, after he had fully qualified, when he could use his skills to find work further afield and travel abroad.

“Occasionally, he enjoyed working alongside his father, Paul, his stepfather Jeff and a close family friend, and regularly helped me by using his practical expertise in DIY tasks at home.”

Mrs Winterman said Callum had also enjoyed playing golf, camping and other outdoor activities - especially off-road biking.

“Callum was a mature, easygoing, friendly and caring young man. He had a wide circle of friends with whom he enjoyed socialising at weekends,” she added.

“Like many 18-year-olds, he was enjoying independence in finance and transport whilst still benefiting from, and appreciating, the comforts and advantages of home life. His death is a shock to many - not least his brothers.”

Meanwhile, a 21-year-old motorist who was killed when his car was involved in a horrific collision with a lorry has been named.

Jonathan Raine, from Stretham, near Ely, in Cambridgeshire, died following the accident, which happened on the A142 at Exning at about 10.40pm on Tuesday.

His Saab 9000 was involved in a collision with a Scania lorry, just north of the A14 junction. The crash was the third fatal accident at the site in the past four years and sparked calls for road improvements from councillors.

Police have also named two men who died when their car plunged into a ditch on Ely Road, Littleport, on Wednesday.

Leslie Gane, 69, from Blackhorse Drove, and 22-year-old Joe Gane, of Festival Way, both in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, were pronounced dead at the scene.

mark.heath@eadt.co.uk

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