A12 Frostenden crash: Police identify teenage victim as 16-year-old Shannley Leaver from Great Yarmouth

Flowers have been laid at the scene of a fatal crash on the A12 at Frostenden near Wrentham.

Flowers have been laid at the scene of a fatal crash on the A12 at Frostenden near Wrentham. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A Norfolk schoolgirl girl who died following a crash on the A12 at Frostenden on Tuesday night has been formally identified by police.

Scene of a double fatal crash on the A12 at Frostenden near Wrentham.

Scene of a double fatal crash on the A12 at Frostenden near Wrentham. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Shannley Leaver, 16, from Great Yarmouth, died when the Citroen Saxo she was travelling in collided with a Peugeot 106 travelling in the opposite direction.

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Miss Leaver, who had been a pupil at Lynn Grove High School in Gorleston, was a rear seat passenger in the Citroen and was pronounced dead at the scene.


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Ronald Gates, 55, from Knodishall, near Saxmundham, was the driver of the Peugeot and also died at the scene.

An 18-year-old man driving the Citroen sustained serious injuries and was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

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Two further passengers in the Citroen and a passenger in the Peugeot were taken to the James Paget University Hospital.

One passenger in the Citroen sustained a broken leg and the others suffered minor injuries.

Since the crash, more than 2,000 people have joined two Facebook pages paying their respects to Miss Leaver.

Friends of Miss Leaver are also arranging a lantern release tomorrow, with a Facebook message urging people to 'Meet up for Shannley's send-off to heaven'.

The silver Peugeot was travelling south when it collided with the northbound silver Citroen near to Barnaby Green.

Emergency services, including volunteers from Suffolk Accident Rescue Service and Norfolk Accident Rescue Service, were called to the collision just after 8.15pm on Tuesday.

Firefighters from Lowestoft South and Wrentham freed one person from one of the vehicles and remained at the scene until late into the night.

The A12 at Frostenden was closed in both directions at the Gipsy Lane junction for more than eight hours, reopening at 4.30am on Wednesday.

• Suffolk police are renewing appeals for information. Witnesses should contact PC Danny Ormes at the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101.

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