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Family pay tribute to ‘much loved and cherished’ man who died in crash

PUBLISHED: 08:13 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:06 20 February 2018

Jamie Kelly, who died age 23 in a car crash, was described as 'much loved and cherished' by his family. Photo: Kelly family

Jamie Kelly, who died age 23 in a car crash, was described as 'much loved and cherished' by his family. Photo: Kelly family

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The family of a man killed in a traffic collision just before his 24th birthday have paid tribute to him.

Jamie Kelly was returning home from his job at Midwich where he had just been promoted when his VW Polo was was involved in a collision on Church Lane in North Lopham.

The 23-year-old died at the scene on Tuesday January 30.

His family said: “Jamie was born in East Harling and went to the Primary School along with his elder brother Angus. He attended Old Buckenham High School and then studied at Wymondham High before completing a BSc (Hons) in Geography at Hull University.

“Six months ago he started working for Midwich in Diss. He was returning home that evening after a business meeting after he’d been recently promoted to a new position in the company.

“He would have turned 24 on the 10 February.

“He was much loved and cherished by his parents Rod and Sheila along with his big brother Angus.”

Jamie’s employers at Midwich have also shared their memories of the “professional” young man who took to his role like “a duck to water”.

Sales manager and close friend of Jamie, Tom Hawes, wrote in a moving tribute: “Jamie was someone who threw his everything at something he really wanted; when he had an objective to hit, he targeted all his focus and attention at it.

“Failure was not a word in Jamie’s dictionary.

“Jamie was unbelievably quick witted, when he saw an opportunity to make people laugh, he was there before anyone else had the chance.”

Tom added: “Jamie has left a lasting impression on us all and it’s one that will never fade.”

At the time of the incident, at 6.40pm, witnesses described the sky glowing blue with the lights from the emergency services who tried to save Jamie’s life.

The driver of the Landrover Freelander also involved in the collision, believed to be an elderly man, was not injured but taken by ambulance to West Suffolk Hospital for precautionary checks.

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