A close-knit family have been left ‘heartbroken’ after a ‘brilliant husband’ and keen musician died days before his first Christmas with his wife.
Peter James, 26, from Brybank Road, Haverhill, died on Sunday (December 15) following the accident on Homefield Road on the junction with Moon Hall Lane.
“Pete loved Christmas and was like a little boy – he got so excited at that time of year getting to see all the family,” said his widow Lucy Jane, 23.
“We had bought each other’s presents and they’re wrapped up under the tree so we don’t know what to do now.”
The couple married on July 16 having met at the White Hart pub in August 2008.
They had put their names down to reserve their first apartment having lived with Lucy’s parents Mark and Rachel Winchester.
Mr James also leaves behind his parents Ian and Sue and his brother Ian.
They were also close to Lucy’s sisters Becca and Charlotte.
Mr James played guitar since he was 12 and was in the band ‘This Broken Empire’.
He had been offered work as a full-time qualified engineer at Marchants following a successful apprenticeship.
“Pete was a really happy and laid back person who loved his music, his band and his mates.
“He would always talk to people and would never have a bad word to say about anyone.
“He was a brilliant husband who was always there for me, would know what to say at the right time and comfort me, so it’s really hard now.
“We had our whole future planned together – we had put our names down for our first apartment at the Taylor Wimpey site and were looking forward to buying little things for our new home, so I’m just heartbroken to know he’s not here and we can’t do that anymore as we wanted to do we were going to do together.”
Tributes poured in over social media to Mr James, with Lucy feeling comforted to see how fondly so many people remember her late husband.
“Pete had achieved so much in the last year.
“It’s hard to know what to do next – both my sisters are heartbroken and the whole family is very close.
“He was the perfect person to have join your family – his favourite band was Oasis and my aunt said that’s his only flaw.”
David Crooke, engineering supervisor at Marchants, said: “This has come as a major blow – we will all miss him a great deal.
“He had everything going for him – he just got married, finished his apprenticeship and put a deposit down on a house.
“Everything was going for him, and suddenly it’s finished.”
Mr James was taken on as an apprentice engineer and recently completed his studies at West Suffolk College.
Commenting on the news on the Echo’s Facebook page, Vicky Warman said: “So sad, RIP, thoughts are with your family.”
Echoing those thoughts, Sarah Egan commented: “I’ve heard he was a lovely talented guy.
“My heart goes out to his family and friends.”
Mandy Welsh added: “My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
“So very sad.”
Police were contacted by the ambulance service around 11.45am to reports a car had collided with a tree near.
Mr James was found inside the yellow/gold coloured Renault Clio and efforts were made to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at the scene at 12.20pm.
The road was closed until around 3.30pm while an initial investigation got underway at the scene
Police are continuing to ask anyone who was in the area around this time to come forward if you saw the vehicle prior to the collision or the crash itself.
Anyone who can help is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Suffolk Police by dialling 101.
You can pay tribute to Mr James on the Haverhill Echo’s Facebook page.
For all the latest news see today’s (Thursday, December 19) Echo.