Flowers laid for motorist killed in Rackheath crash

The car hit a wall by the Green Man pub at Rackheath. Photo: Steve Adams

The car hit a wall by the Green Man pub at Rackheath.

Photo: Steve Adams

Tom Bristow1
Saturday, May 4, 2013

11:36 AM

Flowers have been laid at the side of a road where a driver died yesterday.

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The man was killed in a crash at 4.15am when his blue Citroen Saxo left the A1151 Wroxham Road near Rackheath and hit a wall by the Green Man pub. The car ended up in wasteland on the other side of a wall by the pub and could not be seen from the road. It was not until shortly before midday that the body was found and the police called.

Geraldine and Richard Allen, who live one house down from the now empty pub, said they were woken up at 4.15am by a noise outside. Mr Allen, 56, said: I heard a rattling noise and then there was a thump. You could tell that it (the car) was travelling from Norwich towards Wroxham.

A few seconds later Mr Allen said he heard two more cars go by so he believed nothing had happened. But at 10.30am, after returning from walking his dog, there was a message on his answer machine from his elderly neighbour who said her wall which backs onto the pub had been damaged and a car had been abandoned outside. Mr and Mrs Allen went to investigate.

Mrs Allen said, 55, said: Nobody would have seen it (the car). It was so far back into the hedge. The couple thought the car had been dumped until they discovered the body inside.

Mr Allen said: The car looked like it had been rolled. It was a complete mess. The front bumper was in the hedge.

They called 999 and the police and ambulance service arrived shortly after midday. Police closed the road until 4pm while they carried out an investigation which included a police helicopter and police dogs. It is the third fatal crash on that stretch of road in five years.

Matthew Jones, 24, died when his car crashed into a garden wall near the Green Man pub in April 2009 as he was on his way to work. In September 2008 a 19-year-old, also called Matthew Jones, died in a car crash on the Wroxham Road. Officers want to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or may have seen the Citroen in the area beforehand.

Contact Sgt Matthew Price at Acle Roads Policing on 101.

Would you like to pay tribute to the man who died?

Contact reporter Tom Bristow on 01603772313 or email


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