Coroner calls for safety measures

Richard Croome, 28, from Thetford, who died in an accident on the Brettenham Road last Tuesday

Richard Croome, 28, from Thetford, who died in an accident on the Brettenham Road last Tuesday

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A CORONER has asked for an inquiry into greater safety measures on a country road after the death of a popular Thetford postman.

Richard Croome, 28, died on November 22 last year on Brettenham Road near Kilverstone when his red Vauxhall Combo postal van left the road and collided with a tree.

At an inquest into his death last Friday, coroner William Armstrong confirmed that Mr Croome had died as a result of a road traffic collision.

But Mr Armstrong also used a Rule 43 report to suggest that increased safety provisions should be made on Brettenham Road to prevent further accidents.

Rule 43 gives coroners the power to suggest areas of improvement in health and safety to prevent further deaths.

Mr Croome, of Allisons Close, was well-known in the town and scores of tributes were made in the aftermath of his death.

More than 50 messages of condolence were made on Facebook, with friends and family praising the Thetford Rovers player’s kind nature and character.

Just half an hour after Mr Croome’s death, 51-year-old Ryzard Kumela was killed on the A134 at Barnham after his Citroen Picasso was involved in a three-way collision.