Town in mourning following two crashes
PEOPLE in Beccles were in mourning this week following the tragic deaths of two residents in separate car crashes.Brian Hunter Lindsay, 46, was killed after a crash at Worlingham in the early hours of Sunday morning, while Vivienne Tremain, 66, lost her life after when she was hit by a car during a cycling tour in Australia last Tuesday.
PEOPLE in Beccles were in mourning this week following the tragic deaths of two residents in separate car crashes.
Brian Hunter Lindsay, 46, was killed after a crash at Worlingham in the early hours of Sunday morning, while Vivienne Tremain, 66, lost her life after when she was hit by a car during a cycling tour in Australia last Tuesday.
Flowers and tributes have been left on the A146 where Mr Hunter Lindsay died, while Mrs Tremain's family spoke of a woman whose life was full of adventure.
Mrs Tremain, who lived in Grove Road, had cycled more than 6,000 miles of a tour through Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania with her partner Jesse Orchard when they were hit from behind by a car near Wagga Wagga, in New South Wales.
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Mrs Tremain was killed instantly, but Mr Orchard escaped with minor head injuries.
Arthur Pulford, one of Mrs Tremain's neighbours, said the neighbourhood was taking the news very badly.
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“Vivienne was such a vibrant person and the news of her death has devastated all her family, friends and neighbours,” he said. “It's absolutely tragic.”
The accident happened on Tuesday, April 6, at 7.30am, Australian time, 10km outside of Lockhart where they had been camping the previous night.
The couple were into the eighth month of the tour and were on their way to Brisbane from where they were due to fly home in June.
Mr Orchard, who lived with Mrs Tremain, has been released from hospital and is in the care of the Salvation Army.
The driver of the car, a 25-year-old male, is understood to be a local man from Lockhart who was on his way to work. He was also taken to hospital, where he was treated for shock before being released.
Mrs Tremain, 66, moved to Beccles seven years ago. She was a keen cyclist, and a member of Diss Cycling Club. She met Mr Orchard while on a cycling holiday in New Zealand about two years ago.
Mrs Tremain's brother Colin Cooke said that she had lived a life full of adventure. She had lived in Kenya, and sailed the Mediterranean and then the world with her late husband Roy.
Mr Cooke said: “She was an adventurer and she thoroughly enjoyed life. She'd done skydiving, she went white water rafting. She's done everything. After her husband died she had to change her life, but she took up cycling to keep the sense of freedom.”
Colin, together with his brother Clive Cooke, added: “We miss Vivienne terribly but are comforted by the thought that she had a multitude of friends world wide and a very full and adventurous life.”
Mr Hunter-Lindsay, died after the Porsche 911 Targe he was a passenger in left the road at Worlingham just before 2.45am Sunday morning and collided with roadside trees and vegetation. The car then returned to the road where there was a second collision involving a green Vauxhall Astra.
Emergency services were called to the scene and the 40-year-old man from Beccles who was driving the Porsche was taken to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, where he received treatment for minor injuries. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was interviewed by officers and has now been bailed to return to Lowestoft police station on May 23.
A female passenger in the Astra was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Police want to speak to anyone who saw the Porsche or the Vauxhall before the crashes, anyone who saw the incident, or who passed the scene in the early hours. They particularly need to speak to the drivers of at least two cars that were believed to have been heading towards Lowestoft and passed the Porsche before the second collision, as it is thought they would have had to drive through debris on the road.
Any witnesses should call the serious collision investigation team on 01473 613500.