Three dead after horror crash

Ben Fox
Ben Fox

A third man has died following a serious crash on bank holiday Monday at the end of August.

At about 5.45pm on August 27th police received reports of a crash between two Jaguars on the B3193 Clay Pitts Way, Kingsteignton near Newton Abbot. The driver from one car, a 27-year-old man, and his passenger, a 17-year-old boy died at the scene.

Both have been named locally as Lewis Taylor, 27, and Callum Heath, 17, from Chudleigh.Heartfelt tributes have been paid to the ‘loyal’ and ‘funny’ Lewis, a doting father-of-two.

Lewis’ cousin Elliot Taylor-Smith has described the 27-year-old as ‘the best dad ever.’

He said: “Lewis was known by everyone as just being really loyal. He was always there for his kids and he would do anything for anyone.
‘He was the loudest and most confident person I have ever known. He was such a positive person and he really was the best dad ever.

‘Lewis loved his girlfriend more than anything, they were so loved up and had big plans together.”

Callum’s friend Dalton Webber, 19, paid tribute to the ‘popular lad’ that will be missed by so many people.

He said: “Callum was literally the funniest person you could ever meet. I am still in shock I just can’t believe that this has happened.”

Devon and Cornwall Police have since been informed that the driver of the second car, a 60-year-old man from Chudleigh who was airlifted to Derriford with life-changing injuries, died in the early hours of Friday 31st August in hospital.

Ben Robson-Burrell, 25, was driving home from his job at Trago Mills when he arrived at the crash scene.

In a selfless act, he and seven others ran towards the wreckage and flames. Members of the public helped rescue the man in the car not alight.
He said: “As I drove closer I could see the smoke, the flames were huge. Three lads were trying to yank the back door off. I went inside the car to reach the older gentlemen inside.

‘We were trying to get him out of the back because the front was so crumpled. There was a man talking to him, to help him relax.

‘It was just a bit of a blur.”

He added: “ devastated that this has happened. I was fortunate I was not there a few minutes earlier. Another lad said he drives the road every day and it has put everything in perspective. It is a horrific accident but great to see so many people pull together to run to help in situations like this.”

Police are still appealing for witnesses and would like to hear from anyone who saw either car prior to the collision.

Anyone with any information that can assist the Serious Collisions Unit with their investigation is asked to email quoting log number 771 for the 27th of August.

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