American airbase commander pays tribute to motorcyclist killed in A14 crash

THE motorcyclist who died on the A14 last week has been named.

Airman first class Jeremy Smithers, 22, died when he was hit by a lorry on the eastbound carriageway close to the Boxworth services on last Monday (May 22) just after 12.30pm.

Airman Smithers, 48th Force Support Squadron, was stationed at RAF Lakenheath since September 2010.

Colonel Kyle W. Robinson, 48th Fighter Wing commander, said: “Airman Smithers was a valued member of the 48th Fighter Wing.

“His loss will be felt across our Liberty Wing community and we will work to provide untiring support and assistance to his family and friends during this difficult time. Please remember all of them in your thoughts and prayers in the upcoming days and weeks ahead.”

“Jeremy always did the job right the first time, every time, was always dependable and once he was finished with a task he would always come back and see what else he could do. If you needed assistance he was there, always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the mission was complete. Although his time here was cut short, rest assured that he left an enduring legacy”, added John Enterman, 48th Fighter Wing Fitness and Sports Manager.

A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and taken to Parkside Police Station in Cambridge. He was later released on bail until July 26.

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