Ixworth Man charged after fatal Boxing Day A14 collision

William Smedley (Left) Jake Paxton(Right)

A 19-year-old man has been charged in connection with a serious road traffic collision in Rougham in which two men died.

Police were called at 9.30pm on 26 December 2017 following reports of a collision involving a black Vauxhall Corsa and a grey Ford Fiesta eastbound on the A14, just east of junction 45.

18-year-old Jake Paxton of Bury St Edmunds, who was a passenger in the Ford Fiesta, was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital but later died as a result of his injuries.

A second 18-year-old man, William Smedley, of Bury St Edmunds, also a passenger in the Ford Fiesta, sadly died at the scene.

A third man – the driver of the Ford Fiesta – was taken to hospital for treatment but his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

A female driver of a Vauxhall Corsa, a 19-year-old woman, was uninjured.

Following a police investigation into the circumstances of the collision, the driver of the Ford Fiesta, George Mills, 19, of Stow Road, Ixworth, was summonsed to appear at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court today, Tuesday 13 August, where he was charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

He is next due to appear before Ipswich Crown Court on 10 September 2019.