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Vigil in memory of driver

An online tribute to Adrian Stroud has been viewed by 100,000 people
An online tribute to Adrian Stroud has been viewed by 100,000 people

A young driver died in a collision involving three cars on the Old Thanet Way. Adrian Stroud, 23, was travelling in his silver Volkswagen Golf GTI when he was involved in a collision with a Land Rover and Vauxhall Corsa. Emergency services were called to the Old Thanet Way on Sunday, where the crash had happened at the junction with Eddington Lane. Adrian’s car was gutted by fire, and he was declared dead at the scene, prompting an outpouring of grief from friends and family. They held a vigil by the roadside and lit lanterns in his memory, with flowers and messages also left. A tribute to Adrian, himself a car enthusiast who lived in Margate, has appeared online and has already been viewed by 100,000 people. Officers from Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are urging any witnesses to the crash, or who my have seen any of the vehicles leading up to it, to come forward. An eyewitness from Herne Bay, who asked not to be named, said:

“You could tell straight away this was serious. One of the cars was completely burned out. Another had its roof removed. I saw lots of unmarked white vans there, presumably police specialists investigating. The road was completely sealed off with diversions running through Herne Bay.”

Adrian Stroud died in a three-car collision on the Old Thanet Way at the junction with Eddington Lane in Herne Bay
Adrian Stroud died in a three-car collision on the Old Thanet Way at the junction with Eddington Lane in Herne Bay

According to Kent Fire Services, crews found the VW Golf “well alight”, while the Range Rover had a male passenger trapped by his injuries next to the female driver. The blue Vauxhali Corsa contained one male and one female occupant. Firefighters wore oxygen masks while extinguishing the flames, while others used hydraulic cutting equipment to free the other victims. The roof of the Range Rover was cut away so the male passenger could be treated by paramedics before being transferred to a spinal longboard for transport to hospital. Witnesses to the collision at around 12.30am on Sunday are urged to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 7538 quoting reference DB/MW/061/15. Alternatively e-mail sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk

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Flowers and messages left at the scene
Flowers and messages left at the scene

One note on flowers left by the crash site read:

“Adrian, wow we cannot believe this day, can’t believe you’re gone. A mary who put a smile on everyone’s faces, who never failed to make us all laugh. Goodbye isn’t forever, it’s only until we meet again. God gained an angel today, let’s hope he can handle you! All of our love, Holly & Ben”

Another read:

“Adrian, rest in peace boy. Going to miss you so much. We have had a lot of laughs together but for now they are memories. Sleep tight brother, all my love, Charlie & Jamie.”

Herne Bay Gazette, April 23rd 2015

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