Airman, 30, dies in motorbike accident

Floral tributes at the scene of the fatal crash which killed a man from RAF Lakenheath on Saturday.
Floral tributes at the scene of the fatal crash which killed a man from RAF Lakenheath on Saturday.
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AN AIRMAN from RAF Lakenheath who was killed in a motorbike crash on Saturday has been named as Staff Sergeant Dovvom Torres.

The 30-year-old, from Yarrow Walk, Red Lodge, served as an aircraft fuel systems craftsman with the 48th Component Maintenance Squadron and played a vital role in repairing fuel systems for the F-15’s and HH-60G Pave Hawks aircraft on the base.

He died when the Kawasaki motorbike he was riding left the road in an accident on the A134 at Cockfield, at around 2.50pm, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

He had been travelling in a line of three motorbikes, with a Honda and a Yamaha, from the Bury St Edmunds direction towards Sudbury.

The rider of the Honda was taken by air ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, where he received treatment for his injuries and was released on Tuesday.

The third rider was uninjured.

Diversions were in place for more than three and a half hours while emergency services dealt with the incident.

Colonel John T Quintas, from RAF Lakenheath, said: “Sgt Torres was an exceptional NCO (non-commissioned officer) and valued patriot. His family, Liberty wingmen and countless friends in the United Kingdom and across the United States Air Force will mourn his death. Please remember all of them in your thoughts and prayers in the up coming days and weeks ahead.”

Police are keen to trace the driver of a car that was seen near to the time of the accident and was travelling in the opposite direction, from Sudbury towards Bury.

It is believed the driver may have witnessed the incident.

The car is described as a blue hatchback vehicle with blacked out windows and a PG Tips monkey hanging from the rear bumper.

Anyone with information should call Suffolk police on 01473 613500.