Family's tribute to road crash victim

By James HoreA DEVASTATED family paid tribute last night to a “kind and loyal” 21-year-old who was killed in a road crash. Jason Wiegand died when his Renault Clio hit a kerb in Millennium Way in Braintree on Sunday evening.

By James Hore

A DEVASTATED family paid tribute last night to a “kind and loyal” 21-year-old who was killed in a road crash.

Jason Wiegand died when his Renault Clio hit a kerb in Millennium Way in Braintree on Sunday evening.

His car hit a nearside kerb before smashing into the central reservation of the dual carriageway and turning on to its roof.


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A 19-year-old man in another car, which was close by at the time of the accident, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and released on police bail.

Mr Wiegand lived with his parents, Eamonn and Trina, and his 17-year-old sister, Samantha, in Hawkins Way, Braintree. He also had a brother, Sean, 24, who lives in Halstead.

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He lived in Braintree all his life and went to the town's Alec Hunter High School. For almost four years he had worked as an electroplater at Braintree Electroplaters and recently qualified as a forklift truck driver.

Mr Wiegand enjoyed socialising with his friends, films, R'n'B music, football, computer games and working on his car.

He was also an animal lover and had a great affection for the family's house cats, snake and water dragons.

Speaking yesterday, his family said: “Jason was a kind and loyal person and a much-treasured son, brother and grandson who will be missed by all who knew him. Our lives will never be the same again.”

His employer, Alan Joyce, added: “Jason was a highly-respected, hard-working employee who will be sadly missed by all the team.”

The accident happened just before 6pm and emergency services cut Mr Wiegand from his car before trying in vain for more than 20 minutes to resuscitate him.

james.hore@eadt.co.uk

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