Death crash lorry driver released on bail

PUBLISHED: 16:38 18 January 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 04 May 2010

Floral tributes have been left at the scene of the fatal crash

Floral tributes have been left at the scene of the fatal crash

A LORRY driver involved in a collision in which a 26-year-old man died has been released on police bail. The 37-year-old, from Granada in Spain was arrested at the scene of the accident on Tuesday morning on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

A LORRY driver involved in a collision in which a 26-year-old man died has been released on police bail.

The 37-year-old, from Granada in Spain was arrested at the scene of the accident on Tuesday morning on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and taken to Parkside Police Station in Cambridge. He has been released pending further inquiries and will answer bail at a later date.

The man who died was van driver Leighton King, who was living at Blackthorn Court in Soham.

Floral tributes have been left at the scene of the crash on the A142 Soham Road.

One of the messages on the flowers read 'Leighton, you will never be forgotten. All our love, Dale and Jodie'.

Another read 'A dark empty hole will be left now you are gone. The angels will take good care of you now. Sarah, Wayne Billy and Ellie'.

An assistant at the Co-op in Isleham, where Mr King's parents live, said: "He was a lovely lad, very popular. My son went to school with him, and everyone round here knew Leighton."

Mr King worked for Waterbeach-based construction supply company Dickersons.

The firm's managing director Mark Davenport paid tribute to Mr King, who had worked as a plant operator at the company for four years.

"Leighton was an incredibly honest, very hard-working, happy chap who had many friends here. He was a genuinely nice person who always had a positive word to say when we had a chat in the yard," said Mr Davenport.

"He had just sold his house in Soham and was moving back to Isleham to be closer to his family. The guys here are devastated. Dickerson is a family business and we all know each other. We couldn't have wished for anyone better to work with and all feel for his family."

The accident happened in heavy rain and brought chaos to rush-hour traffic as police moved in to close the road, from Soham to Angel Drove in Ely, for several hours.

Traffic was brought to a standstill as diversions were set up along the A10 and A1132.

Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the scene at 5.35am after the crash at the junction with Eye Hill Drove.

Soham resident Joy Ames said of the area where the crash happened: "It's always been a dangerous junction. There have been accidents there before."

Cambridgeshire Police sergeant Tim Stonebridge appealed for witnesses following the accident.

He said: "I would like to speak to anyone on the Soham Road at the time of the incident who witnessed the collision."

n Fire-fighters used specialist cutting equipment to free a driver from a car after a crash on the A142 near the Witchford roundabout on Tuesday morning.

The two car accident happened at 7.21am and the injured driver was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

INFO: Anyone with any information about either accident should contact the Road Policing Unit on 0845 456 4564.

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