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Tributes paid after crash claims lives of Braintree residents James Simmons & David Bradley

08 December, 2014 - 16:50
Tribute paid to James Simmons, 18, from Hillside Gardens, Braintree, who died on Sunday December 7.

Tribute paid to James Simmons, 18, from Hillside Gardens, Braintree, who died on Sunday December 7.


Tribute has been paid to the victims of a road crash which killed two people.

James Simmons, 18, was a rear seat passenger in a Volkswagen Polo which collided with a Ford Fiesta in Gosfield Road on Sunday evening.

James, of Hillside Gardens, Braintree, was a music student at The College in the town.

Friend Jordan Heady, who knew James since the beginning of infant school, said: “James was so kind, he was always there to support you no matter what happened.

“He never had a frown on his face and gave you a confidence boost when you were down and kept you going.

“He was adept at almost every single instrument, and his entire life was around music.

“It is just unreal how he has just gone. He was such an amazing person.

“Life is a gift and James made great use of it.”

James was described as “the music man”, who could play the drums, bass and guitar, keyboard and even the bagpipes.

Richard Nolan, course leader for the Extended Diploma in Music Technology, said: “We at the music department in Braintree are shocked and saddened beyond words at the tragic loss of our colleague and friend, James Simmons.

“James was a popular and talented student who was progressing well through his third year of study with us. He had aspired to be a session musician in the future, giving many performances with his fellow students over the course of his studies.

“Fuelled by his talent and versatility with numerous instruments, he was on a sure path to a successful musical career.

“He will be sorely missed by our musical community.”

Also killed in the crash was David Bradley, 30, of Beckers Green Road, Braintree, who was driving the Ford.

One family friend, Sallyann, said: “David was a good friend of my son, and his mum is a friend of mine.

“He was full of character and a loveble rogue.

“He supported Newcastle United and my son supported Liverpool, so there were many a laugh.

“He was a lovely guy who will be truly missed.

“Rest in peace David, we love you.”

Both were declared dead at the scene.

The Volkswagen driver, a man in his 20s from Gosfield, was airlifted to Addenbrookes Hospital and remains in a critical condition.

A front seat passenger from the Ford, a woman in her 20s from Suffolk, and a 16-year-old girl from Braintree who was in the front seat of the Volkswagen were both taken to Broomfield Hospital with serious injuries.

Police investigating the crash have asked for any witnesses to contact them, as well as anyone who saw the cars being driven prior to the collision. Anyone with information should contact officers at the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk.

Would you like to pay tribute to James or David? Please email will.lodge@archant.co.uk.

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