Tributes pour in for North Walsham road crash victim Matt Meacham-Roberts

Tributes have today continued to pour in for a fun-loving restaurant worker from Norwich who was killed in a car crash on the outskirts of Norwich.

Tributes have today continued to pour in for a fun-loving restaurant worker from Norwich who was killed in a car crash on the outskirts of the city.

Matt Meacham-Roberts, died when the silver Peugeot he was driving was involved in a crash with a blue Citroen car at about 10am on Wednesday on the B1150 North Walsham Road between the junction of Crostwick Lane, Spixworth and the Norwich Rugby Club.

The 19-year-old worked at the McDonalds restaurant at Hoveton, near Wroxham, where he has been described as a popular member of staff by colleagues who was a 'bright influence' and will be much missed.

The teenager, a Norwich City fan, who studied for a public services national diploma at City College Norwich, has also been fondly remembered by fellow students.

Laura-Marie Roffey said: 'I think I speak for everyone in my class at City College and our tutors that we're all in deep shock and devastation. He was much loved in our class and got on with everyone. He will be greatly missed, and I give my sympathies to all his family and friends.'

As previously reported distraught staff at McDonalds where Mr Meacham-Roberts' worked have been given time to grieve with staff being drafted in from other branches in the Norwich area.

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An inquest into the death of Mr Meacham-Roberts was opened in Norwich yesterday and adjourned to a date to be fixed.

In a short hearing, assistant deputy coroner David Osborne confirmed that the 19-year-old student had been living in Norwich, and that cause of death was 'multiple injuries'.

Meanwhile Wednesday's crash – the second fatal crash on the same road in just a matter of days – has urged people living in the area to call for the road to be made safer.

Mr Meacham-Roberts' death followed a collision which happened on Tuesday, June 5, on the same road at Beeston St Andrew, close to the Beeston Lane junction, in which a cyclist in his 40s died.

People living in the area now want to see the road made safer before another tragedy occurs.

Dan Roper, a Broadland District Councillor for Spixworth and St Faiths, which includes Beeston St Andrew, said: 'There are now compelling reasons to reduce the speed limit on this stretch of road to 50mph.

'It is truly appalling that we have had a second fatal accident on this road in a matter of weeks and some action needs to be taken to make this road safer.

'There is a history of serious accidents on this road. The B1150 North Walsham Road has got progressively busier in recent years and is projected to continue to do so, even after the opening of the NDR when it is one of the few roads where traffic flows are expected to increase.'

City College Norwich also paid tribute to Mr Meacham-Roberts last night.

A statement said: 'We were deeply saddened by the tragic news of the untimely death of Matthew Meacham-Roberts and our thoughts and condolences go out to his family at this time.

'Matt will be remembered by his course leader and lecturers as a thoughtful, considerate and highly promising individual.

'Matt was a popular student and a real team player who contributed a great deal to his Public Services group.

'He was held in high regard by teachers and students alike as an extremely polite, respectful and likeable young man.

'Matt will be greatly missed by all who knew and worked with him.

'Counselling and support has been made available by the College to students who are grieving his loss.'

Would you like to pay tribute to Mr Meacham-Roberts? Call reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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