Family of A14 death crash victim John Walsh pays tribute

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Image caption John Walsh with Smudge the family dog

A family has paid tribute to a student who died in hospital a day after a car crash on the A14 in Suffolk.

John Walsh, 18, from Ash Road, Onehouse, near Stowmarket, died in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge on Wednesday after the crash near Rougham.

He suffered serious head injuries and his girlfriend minor injuries in the crash at 12:35 BST on Tuesday.

"We as a family are absolutely devastated by the loss of our beloved John," a family statement said.

It said emergency services personnel at the scene had made "strenuous efforts" to save him.

"Knowing the kind of loving, caring person John was, we decided to donate his organs for transplant, as we know this would have been his wish," it continued.

"John was well-known in the local community through his association with Stowmarket Rugby and Judo clubs.

"He was a very popular student at West Suffolk College. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him."

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the incident.

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