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Copdock – Tribute issued to man who died in collision on A14

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Maurice Brame

A man who died following a collision on the A14 in Copdock last month is being named by police, as his family issue a tribute to him.

Police were called shortly after 6am on Wednesday 21 September, following reports of a two-vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a lorry on the eastbound carriageway of the A14 between Sproughton and the Copdock Mill Interchange.

Ambulance and Suffolk Fire and Rescue crews were also in attendance, but the driver of the motorcycle – a 61-year-old man – was sadly declared deceased at the scene.

Subject to confirmation at formal inquest proceedings, the deceased has been identified as Maurice Brame from Tostock.

Mr Brame’s family have asked us to issue the following tribute on their behalf:

“In loving memory of our brother, son and fiancé Maurice Brame.

“Maurice was taken from us in road traffic collision when he was driving to work at GMA Haulage, where he had worked for 27 years.

“The great loves of his life were his fiancée Jenny of 8 years, his motorbike, his football team Leeds United and his music.

“Years ago, Maurice and his brother Glyn use to run a disco together called “Masterblaster" when it was CB Radio and his call name was “Woodchopper".

“Maurice was a funny chap and always said he should have been a comedian with all the little sayings he would come out with.

“Anyone that knew or met Maurice, he would leave a lasting impression on them. Maurice had a heart of gold, he was very loving and would do anything for anyone if he could.

“We are all devastated at the loss of Maurice. He is at peace now with his mum looking down on us saying: “Where you been asleep", which was one of his sayings.

“Well my darling that is where you are now, so rest easy and we will meet again someday, love you always.

“The family are overwhelmed with all the messages they have received and would like to thank you all.

“WOOP WOOP YES YES."

Sergejs Baikovs, aged 33, of Tattershall Road in Boston, Lincolnshire, was arrested following the collision and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

He was subsequently charged with causing death by dangerous driving and appeared before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 22 September, where he was remanded in custody pending a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday 20 October.

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Previous release | 22 September 2022
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A 33-year-old man has been charged in connection with a serious road traffic collision, near Ipswich, in which a motorcyclist died.

Police were called shortly after 6am yesterday, Wednesday 21 September, following reports of a two-vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a lorry on the eastbound carriageway of the A14 between Sproughton and the Copdock Interchange.

Ambulance and Suffolk Fire and Rescue crews were also in attendance, but the driver of the motorcycle – a 61-year-old man – was sadly declared deceased at the scene.

Sergejs Baikovs, of Tattershall Road in Boston, Lincolnshire was arrested following the collision and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

He has now been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and is due to appear before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court today, Thursday 22 September.

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Previous release | 21 September 2022 - 1.20pm
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A 61-year-old man has died following a road traffic collision on the A14 near Ipswich.

Police were called shortly after 6am this morning, Wednesday 21 September, following reports of a two-vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a lorry on the eastbound carriageway between Sproughton and the Copdock Interchange.

Ambulance and Suffolk Fire and Rescue crews were also in attendance, but the driver of the motorcycle was sadly declared deceased at the scene.

The driver of the lorry, a man aged in his 30s, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving with excess drugs. He was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning, where he remains.

Both directions of the A14 were closed whilst a collision investigation took place and to allow for recovery of the vehicles. The westbound carriageway reopened shortly after 8am. One lane reopened on the eastbound carriageway shortly before 1pm.

Officers would like to hear from any witnesses and ask that any motorists driving in the area at the time of the incident with a dashcam fitted in their vehicle to review the footage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, quoting CAD 35 of today, 21 September 2022.

Website – www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

Email – [email protected]

Phone – Call 101

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999

If you have been involved in or affected by a road traffic collision, advice and support information can be found at: www.suffolk.police.uk/rtc

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Previous release | 21 September 2022 - 8.30am
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Emergency services are currently at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on the A14 near Ipswich.

Police were called shortly after 6am this morning, Wednesday 21 September, following reports of a two-vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a lorry on the eastbound carriageway between Sproughton and the Copdock Interchange.

The eastbound carriageway is closed between Whitehouse and the Copdock Interchange. Motorists are advised to find alternative routes.