Update: Suffolk-based airman “will be sorely missed”

Tributes have been paid to a Suffolk-based airman who died when he was hit by a car on Monday.

Airman 1st Class Tyler Patton, 20, a Security Forces apprentice with the 48th Security Forces Squadron, was involved in a crash with a blue Rover being driven by an airman from the 352nd Special Operations Group, RAF Mildenhall.

The incident happened at 11pm outside the main gate of RAF Mildenhall. Mr Patton was stationed at RAF Lakenheath. He died at the scene.

Colonel William Lewis, 48th Fighter Wing vice commander said: 'Tyler was a combat veteran, a true patriot and a friend to all.

'He will be sorely missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.'

Colonel Lewis also thanked members of the Liberty Wing who had provided comfort and support to the Patton family and the 48th Security Forces Squadron.

'It is heartwarming to see the selfless response of airmen across the wing whenever we have a family in need,' he said.

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The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

A section of the road was closed for approximately five hours while forensic collision investigators carried out their enquiries.

Anyone with information should contact Suffolk Police's Serious Collision Investigation Team on 01473 613500.

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