UPDATED: Driver who died in Honington crash named
The hospital and colleagues of Dr Ronak Patel, who died in a crash at Honington on Monday have paid tribute to him.
Dr Patel, 33, from Ixworth, died after his car was in a collision with a lorry on the A1088. A colleague has Tweeted that he was on his way home to his wife and child after working a night shift at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
A spokeswoman for the hospital said Dr Patel had been a trainee anaesthetist there since February of this year.#
She added: “He was a highly regarded and capable doctor and was extremely popular within the department.
“He had recently been working towards his Anaesthetic Fellowship exams and it was felt he had a bright future ahead of him in medicine.
“His colleagues have been deeply shocked by this news and he will be very much missed. Our thoughts are with his family.”
Dr Pamela Chrispin tweeted: “Very sad to hear of the sad death of anaesthetic registrar Dr Ronak Patel. Thoughts and sympathy to his family and colleagues at NNUH.”
Officers were called just before 9am on Monday (August 3), to reports of a collision between a lorry and Volkswagen Golf on the westbound carriageway.
Suffolk Police said Dr Patel had been pronounced dead at the scene.
East of England Ambulance Trust said they were called just before 9am and dispatched two ambulances, the East Anglian Air Ambulance and a duty officer. Suffolk and Norfolk Fire Services also attended.
Police closed the road and diversion was put in place until 2.30pm while an investigation took place. The A1088 goes from the A143 at Ixworth, through Euston, to the A1066 at Thetford.
Any witnesses to the incident are asked to call Suffolk Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101 quoting reference CAD 76 of August 3.