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Tributes to ‘much loved’ couple killed in car crash in Worlington

Flowers left at the scene of car crash in Worlington
Flowers left at the scene of car crash in Worlington

Tributes have been paid to a ‘much loved’ couple who were among four people killed in a car crash in Worlington.

William Dyal, 77, and his wife Helen Dyal, 75, of Prickwillow, Ely, died after a BMW M3 collided with their Hyundai I30 on the B1102 Freckenham Road just before 8.15pm on Friday, 17 July.

Matthew Grant, 24, of Churchill Drive, Mildenhall and a 28-year-old man, also from Mildenhall, who has been named locally as Chris Merchant, both in the BMW, were also pronounced deceased at the scene.

Mr Dyal, who was known by his middle name John, was a retired art teacher and Mrs Dyal was a fashion and graphic designer.

In a statement, their family said: “It is with greatest sadness that we have lost our dearest parents, grandparents and siblings today in this tragic accident. Our hearts also go out to the families of the other casualties.”

They added that the couple ‘are much loved and will be hugely missed by all their family and friends’.

A tribute from Mr Grant’s family was released yesterday.

They said: “He was a much loved son, brother, uncle and boyfriend. Matthew led a very outgoing and sociable life surrounded by friends and family.

“His passion in life was motor cross and music. He was well known and loved by all, he’s left a massive gap in our hearts and lives that can never be filled.

“We as a family are deeply sadden by our loss but will continue to keep his memory alive with our lovely times together. Our thoughts go out to all other families involved in this tragic accident.”

Two services were held at All Saint’s Church, in Worlington yesterday in memory of the four.

Police are continuing to appeal for any witnesses who may have seen the collision or either of the vehicles prior to the crash.

Anyone with any information should contact the Suffolk Serious Collision Investigation team on 101 quoting CAD 415 of July 17.


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