Flowers left for 26-year-old Leighton
PUBLISHED: 14:31 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 04 May 2010
FLORAL tributes have been left at the scene of a fatal road accident in which a 26-year-old man died. Leighton King, who was living at Blackthorn Court in Soham, was driving a company van to work when it was involved in a head-on crash with a lorry in the
FLORAL tributes have been left at the scene of a fatal road accident in which a 26-year-old man died.
Leighton King, who was living at Blackthorn Court in Soham, was driving a company van to work when it was involved in a head-on crash with a lorry in the early hours of Tuesday morning on the A142 Soham Road.
Mr King, who was born in Isleham, worked for Waterbeach-based construction supply company Dickersons.
One of the messages on the flowers at the scene 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 said: "He was a lovely lad, very popular. My son went to school with him, and everyone round here knew Leighton."
Mr King died at the scene of the crash at 5.35am, and a 37-year-old lorry driver from Granada in Spain was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He is being interviewed at Cambridge's Parkside Police Station.
Mark Davenport, managing director of Dickersons, 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 in heavy rain brought chaos to rush hour traffic as police moved in to close the road for several hours from Soham to Angel Drove.
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.