Couple's plea after second fatal crash

A Norfolk couple have spoken of their shock that another student has been killed on the same stretch of road near a university where their son died last year.

A Norfolk couple have spoken of their shock that another student has been killed on the same stretch of road near a university where their son died last year.

Sport-loving Richard Watson, 22, an Essex University student, of Scarning, near Dereham, was killed after being struck by a taxi on the outskirts of Colchester in June.

After he died, his parents John and Jenny started campaigning for road improvements on the A133.

They met university and Highways Agency officials to voice their concerns but Mr Watson said: “Nobody would listen.”

“Much to our shock, it has happened again. We've tried to help the university but at the end of the day all we can hope for in all of this is that they do something to prevent something happening again.”

He offered his sympathy to the parents of Essex University undergraduate Robert Plumber, 20, of Yeovil, in Somerset, who was killed in a collision with a Vauxhall Astra car as he crossed Clingoe Hill on Tuesday afternoon.

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Richard was a former pupil of schools in Castle Acre and Swaffham and Dereham Sixth Form College.

He played cricket and football in Swaffham and was in the third year of a sports science degree and was hoping to become a physiotherapist.

The Highways Agency said a number of options were being considered for the road, with any work likely to be done as part of the development of a new research park at the university which is starting soon.

A university spokeswoman said: “We will renew our efforts to lobby for safety improvements on this stretch of road.”