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‘He would look after everyone else ahead of himself’ - Death of father-of-four ruled as collision

PUBLISHED: 08:43 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:26 20 June 2018

Terry Cooper, 30, from the Dereham area, who was killed in a crash on the A1075 on November 19. Picture: The Cooper family

Terry Cooper, 30, from the Dereham area, who was killed in a crash on the A1075 on November 19. Picture: The Cooper family

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The family of a man who died following a road crash has finally found “closure” after his death.

The scene of the fatal RTC on at A1075 near Thetford.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017The scene of the fatal RTC on at A1075 near Thetford. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Terrance ‘Tel’ Cooper, 30, died at the scene of the accident in Thetford, which happened on November 19 last year.

Norwich Coroner Yvonne Blake heard how Mr Cooper, a father of four, was driving along the A1075 towards Thetford at around 11.45pm, when he collided with a Volvo C70.

Mr Cooper, who grew up in Thetford and lived in Dereham, was last seen by his family at his sister’s home with brother Craig Cooper, the night before his death.

Craig Cooper said: “That night we all remarked how tired he looked, he was falling asleep on the sofa.

The scene of the fatal RTC on at A1075 near Thetford. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017The scene of the fatal RTC on at A1075 near Thetford. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

“He was always one of those people who would look after everyone else, ahead of his own welfare. He was running his own business, and had two families in different areas he travelled between.”

The accident happened when Mr Cooper, father to two boys and two girls, was driving his Vauxhall Astra home after a meal with friends.

Mr Cooper was a sub-contractor vehicle mechanic and evidence from the scene showed that part of his car was in the oncoming traffic lane when he hit the other vehicle.

The female driver suffered burns and serious bruising, while her male passenger had a broken sternum.

Both were taking to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

Emergency crews attempted to resuscitate Mr Cooper for half an hour before he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Cooper’s family raised questions over who was driving the other car, and thanked police when their questions were answered in full.

Craig Cooper said: “I’m sorry if I’m asking too many questions, but my brother’s died, and we don’t want to have any questions niggling in our minds moving forward.”

Senior forensic collision investigator for Norfolk and Suffolk, Andy Hood, said: “It is unclear whether the car’s headlights were on, but Mr Cooper was not wearing a seat belt. There were no skid marks in the road suggesting heavy braking, but we don’t have enough clarity to say exactly what happened.”

Mr Cooper added: “This has given us the closure we need.”

Ms Blake ruled the death as a road traffic collision.

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