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Crash victim William Smith of Mellis was ‘a friend to everyone’

Hoxne, Suffolk. Floral tributes on Eye Road, Hoxne, after the road death of 20 year old William Smith. ANL-140723-154258001

Hoxne, Suffolk. Floral tributes on Eye Road, Hoxne, after the road death of 20 year old William Smith. ANL-140723-154258001

Tributes have been paid to a man described as a “friend to everyone” who died in a road accident in Hoxne late on Monday.

A silver Ford Ranger left the road and hit a tree in Eye Road just before midnight on Monday.

William Smith, 20, of The Common, Mellis, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A former Hartismere School pupil, he had overcome leukaemia and been in the all-clear for five years.

He was a regular at the Railway Tavern in the village, and had helped landlady Ester Deocampo and her partner Frank Hill organise Mellis Music and Beer Festival, held last Saturday.

Miss Deocampo said: “Everyone is gutted with what has happened. It is just terrible.

“I don’t know how we can recover. He was a friend to everyone.”

Floral tributes have been left at the scene of Monday’s crash.

One read: “The big cuddly man. You will be missed so much.”

Emergency services, including police, fire, ambulance and air ambulance were called to the scene of the collision.

The road was closed until approximately 5.30am the next morning to allow a collision investigation to get underway and for recovery of the vehicle.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who had been travelling along the road who may have witnessed the collision or seen the car travelling along the road prior to the collision taking place. Calls should be made to the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 635 of 21/7/14.

 

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