Family tragedy after A47 crash

PUBLISHED: 12:48 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:48 12 March 2013

Part of the A47 close to Hockering, where a road accident happened near on Saturday evening .Picture: Matthew Usher.

Part of the A47 close to Hockering, where a road accident happened near on Saturday evening .Picture: Matthew Usher.

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A woman and her daughter were killed in a crash on the A47 on the eve of Mothering Sunday.

And the grief for the family deepened as the woman’s partner died the following day from a suspected heart attack.

Billie-Jean Roberts, 48, and her daughter Annie Huizar, 19, who lived at Little Fransham, near Dereham, were killed when their white Ford Ka was in collision with a Mercedes CLX at Hockering on Saturday and left the road.

Billie-Jean’s partner died on Sunday evening.

Tributes were paid to Annie from the Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham – where she was a very popular pupil – and also Larking Gowen chartered accountants in Dereham, where she was a promising student accountant.

Larking Gowen partner Chris Greeves said: “We are all in a real state of shock and there is a numb feeling in the office.”

Annie had worked for the company since the summer of 2010 and was expected to pass her Association of Accounting Technicians exams this summer.

She then would have gone on to study for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualification.

Mr Greeves said: “Annie had the potential for a very bright future. She was very likeable and personable and was liked by everybody. She was a tremendous prospect and was keen, enthusiastic and hard working.

“We are very close in the office and Annie was like a part of the family.”

Mr Greeves said he knew Annie was very close to her mother and the staff had been extra shocked by the tragedy of the two other deaths in the family.

He said Larking Gowen had made counselling available to help staff

“We are very supportive of each other. People have come in even if they don’t normally work on Mondays.”

Annie – who grew up in Sporle – was a pupil at the high school in Swaffham throughout her secondary education and left in 2009.

Assistant principal Simon Franklin said: “It is absolutely awful news to lose someone so young. Our thoughts go out to the family. Annie was a lovely girl. She was always smiling and was popular, with a wicked sense of humour and she was a pleasure to work with,”

Mr Franklin said Annie’s brother Max had also been a former student at the school.

The crash happened at 3.50pm on Saturday on a single-carriageway section of the road, 200m west of the junction with Low Road.

More details of what happened were revealed yesterday.

Police said the Ka was travelling towards Norwich and was involved in a head-on collision with a Mercedes, which was going towards Dereham.

A white Audi A3 was also travelling towards Dereham and clipped the back of the Mercedes.

The Ka and the Audi both left the road.

Annie and her mother were pronounced dead at the scene.

Two women passengers in the Mercedes were taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with chest, back and leg injuries. The driver was not hurt. All three are from Hertfordshire.

The Audi driver was from Dereham and was not hurt.

The road was re-opened after being blocked for nearly four hours in both directions while officers carried out investigations,

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash and are particularly keen to speak to passengers on a double- decker bus heading from Norwich to Dereham who may have seen the collision. The bus was not involved in the collision.

Two fire crews, one from Dereham and one from Earlham, were called to the scene of the crash.

They released the two women who died plus another person.

Three ambulances, the air ambulance and a rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene.

Anybody with information about the crash should ring the Wymondham serious collision investigation team on 101.

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