TRAGEDY struck twice in the space of half an hour this week as two men were killed in separate incidents on roads near Thetford.
At 4pm on Tuesday, on the Brettenham Road near Kilverstone, 28-year-old Richard Croome died after his red Vauxhall Combo left the road and collided with a tree.
Just 20 minutes later, on the A134 at Barnham, 51-year-old Ryzard Kumela died after his Citroen Picasso was involved in a three-way collision.
Almost 50 tributes were paid on Facebook to Mr Croome, who played football for Thetford Rovers and was a postman based in the town.
Samantha Berry, Mr Croome’s girlfriend, said he was a person with ‘so many amazing qualities’.
“Richard was very warm-hearted and had such a big smile. Without even trying he could put smiles on other people’s faces. He would do absolutely anything for anyone and was just so giving.
“Not only was he an amazing boyfriend but my best friend and someone who I wanted to share and spend the rest of my life with,” she said.
Simon Brooks, manager of Thetford Rovers, said a minute’s silence would be held at their next game for his vice-captain, a man he called ‘a 100 per cent leader’.
“He was a real character and the sort of person you would want by your side as a player and as a friend.
“He was a caring bloke and would always look out for his mates – he’ll be hugely missed,” he said.
A statement from the Post Office said: “Our thoughts at this time are very much with his family and his colleagues at this difficult time.”
Mr Kumela died at the scene of the accident on the A134. His car was involved in a collision with a silver Hyundai and a silver VW Golf.
The 66-year-old driver of the VW Golf was taken to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, where her condtion was described as ‘improving’.
The 66-year-old driver of the Hyundai sustained minor injuries.