Inquests opened into deaths of three Haverhill men who died on roads

Floral tributes at the scene of the fatal accident on Homefield Road in Haverhill where Peter James died
Floral tributes at the scene of the fatal accident on Homefield Road in Haverhill where Peter James died

The inquests into three Haverhill men who died in separate road accidents recently have been opened by the coroner.

The three deaths happened withing a week during last month, with two on the same day, leaving families devastated before Christmas.

Peter James

Peter James

Lee Westrope, 42, from Beaumont Vale, died on December 8 after the motorbike he was riding collided with a four by four towing a horsebox on the A1307 at the Spirit of Enterprise Roundabout near the turn off for Hanchett Hall at 1.40pm.

He taught at the Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies since 2007, and principal Stuart Nicholson said: “Lee had a true devotion to teaching.

“We will miss him enormously and our thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends.”

The following Sunday (December 15) Peter James, 26, from Brybank Road, died after his car crashed into a tree in Homefield Road near the junction with Moon Hall Lane at 11.45am as he drove to work at Marchants.

Chris Waters

Chris Waters

Peter had only married Lucy Jane, 23, on July 16 and had reserved their first apartment while living with Lucy’s parents Mark and Rachel Winchester.

He also left behind parents Ian and Sue and brother Ian, and was popular in the music scene as he was a guitarist for ‘This Broken Empire’.

“Pete was a brilliant husband who was always there for me, would know what to say and comfort me,” said his widow.

“He was a really happy and laid back person who loved his music, his band and his mates.

“We had our whole future planned together, so I’m heartbroken now he’s not here and we can’t do that anymore.”

Later the same day (December 15) Chris Waters, also 26, from Roman Way, was hit by a van while walking on the road after leaving a Christmas party at the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Assington, near Sudbury, at around 6.30pm.

Former AFC Thurlow footballer Chris left behind two year old son Oscar, sisters Kate and Clare, father Michael and mother Sharon.

“He had a wise head on his young shoulders and impressed us all with his maturity and determination to be a fantastic father to Oscar,” read a family statement.

Police appealed for information after all three incidents.

For all the latest news see today’s (Thursday, January 9) Echo.