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Club pays tribute to fatal crash victim

PUBLISHED: 13:34 13 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:14 06 July 2010

MOVING tributes have been paid this week at a memorial service for a mother of two who was killed as she drove her child to football training.

Blundeston Magpies Football Club expressed “shock and sadness” as they rallied round to hold a service of remembrance at the training ground where she was heading.

MOVING tributes have been paid this week at a memorial service for a mother of two who was killed as she drove her child to football training.

Blundeston Magpies Football Club expressed “shock and sadness” as they rallied round to hold a service of remembrance at the training ground where she was heading.

Further details of the horrific two-car crash at Oulton, which led to the death of 30-year-old Kelly Palmer, from Bradwell, and injured three others - including her two children - emerged this week.

Mrs Palmer was taking her son Kyle, seven, to football practice with the Magpies U8 squad at their Camps Heath training ground when tragedy struck.

The Suzuki Vitara 4x4 convertible she was driving was in collision with a Citroen Picasso being driven by a 19-year-old man, on the B1375 Oulton Road, close to Park Hill.

Mrs Palmer was declared dead at the scene. Her nine-year-old daughter Jordan was also in the car when the collision happened, and both children were taken to hospital.

Kyle was initially taken to the James Paget University Hospital, in Gorleston, before being transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge.

Jordan was discharged on Wednesday last week and is now “recovering well,” according to a spokesman for the Magpies.

“Our player Kyle was not as fortunate as his sister and sustained serious injuries,” Mark Mathers, the Magpies club secretary, said.

“Kyle has been at Addenbrooke's since the accident, although we are hoping that he will be returned to the James Paget shortly.”

Yesterday, police spokesman Anne-Marie Breach told The Journal: “The little boy is still in Addenbrooke's after suffering broken wrists, a broken collarbone and cuts to his head. He has had surgery and is probably due to have more surgery, but he's recovering well and is stable with non life-threatening injuries.”

As a mark of respect to last week's tragic events, all of the Magpies matches scheduled for Sunday in the Norfolk and Suffolk Youth League were called off.

“The club and particularly the U8 players and their parents have been stunned by these events,” Mr Mathers said.

On Monday evening - exactly a week after the crash claimed Mrs Palmer's life - a memorial service for her was held at the training ground which was well attended with Mrs Palmer's close family, players and parents from the U8 squads, N&SYL representation, Magpies committee members and many others from the numerous Magpies teams.

Kyle's football manager, Justin Brown, opened the service with moving tribute to Mrs Palmer.

“Kelly was one of the few people you meet in life that everybody likes,” Mr Brown said.

Vicar Sue Upton continued the tributes and closed with prayers and a minute's silence, before a candle was lit in memory of Mrs Palmer.

Mr Mathers said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with Kelly's husband Keith, the close family and all others touched by these tragic events. All at the club are determined to do whatever they can to aid Kyle's recovery.”

This week, police were continuing to investigate the two-car collision as they issued further appeals for witnesses.

Anyone with information should contact Suffolk police's serious collision investigation team on 01473 613500.

The 19-year-old driver of the Citroen , who suffered serious leg and lower body injuries is “stable and recovering” in hospital.


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