Tributes paid to Bungay Primary School deputy headteacher killed in crash

Police at the scene of the fatal crash on the B1062 at Shipmeadow. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Police at the scene of the fatal crash on the B1062 at Shipmeadow. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Tributes have been paid to a Bungay teacher who was killed in a two-car collision in Mettingham.

Flowers have been left at the scene of the collision in Shipmeadow.

Flowers have been left at the scene of the collision in Shipmeadow. - Credit: Archant

Anthony Benson-Smith, aged 45, of Lawson Road, Lowestoft, died at the scene following a collision between the green Ford Fiesta he was driving and a yellow Peugeot 107.

The crash happened on Friday just after 7am on the B1062 Beccles Road between Low Road and Tallents Loke.

Mr Benson-Smith was deputy headteacher at Bungay Primary School.

Iain Owens, headteacher at the school paid tribute: 'It is with deep sadness that we share the tragic news of a much loved, admired and highly regarded deputy head and teacher Anthony Benson-Smith.

'Our thoughts and our prayers are with his family at this time.'

Floral tributes were laid at the scene over the weekend.

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The driver of the other vehicle, a man in his 50s, was taken to hospital for treatment. He suffered serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

Police are continuing to appeal for any witnesses to come forward and in particular a dog walker who was seen in the area at the time. They may have information that could assist the investigation.

Suffolk suffered its second road fatality in four days after a pedestrian died at the scene of a collision in Bury St Edmunds yesterday.

A man believed to be in his 50s was killed near the entrance to Nowton Park following a collision involving a car and a pedestrian at about 8am.

The collisions come after police figures revealed the death toll on Suffolk's roads in 2015 was the worst for six years, when 35 people died in 30 collisions.

Any witnesses to the Shipmeadow crash are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101, quoting reference CAD 36 of 8 January.

Would you like to pay tribute? Email amy.smith@archant.co.uk