December 11 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 11, 2013
A Norfolk headteacher has described a schoolgirl killed in a double fatal crash on the A12 as a “popular and vivacious” teenager.
The girl, named locally as 15-year-old Shannley Leaver, was a rear seat passenger in a Citroen which collided with a Peugeot 106 near Frostenden, between Lowestoft and Southwold, on Tuesday night.
Yesterday, police named 55-year-old Ronald Gates as the second person killed in the horror crash. Mr Gates, from Knodishall, near Saxmundham, had been driving the Peugeot travelling in the opposite direction.
Both he and Miss Leaver were pronounced dead at the scene.
As news of Miss Leaver’s death continued to send shockwaves through Lynn Grove High School in Gorleston where she was in Year 11, headteacher Alison Mobbs said: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic and untimely loss of one of our year 11 pupils.
“She was a popular and vivacious member of our school community and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.”
More than 3,000 people have now joined Facebook pages paying their respects to Miss Leaver.
In tribute to Mr Gates, Knodishall church minister Reverend Christine Brooks said: “Any sudden death is a tragedy and a shock to the community. “I’m sure people will be very shocked and we will do all we can to offer both practical and spiritual help to the family. They are in our prayers.”
Four others involved in the crash remain in hospital.
The 18-year-old male driver of the Citreon is in a critical but stable condition at Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge, while two further passengers are stable at the James Paget University Hospital (JPH) in Gorleston.
A passenger of the Peugeot driver also remains in a stable condition at the JPH.
As the investigation into what happened continues, police have renewed appeals for information and asked anyone who saw either vehcile on the A12 prior to the collision or the crash itself to give information call PC Danny Ormes at the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101.