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Tributes to Essex road crash victim

PUBLISHED: 05:14 28 February 2003 | UPDATED: 16:20 24 February 2010

TRIBUTES were paid yesterday to a 21-year-old man with a “massive cheeky grin” who was killed in a car crash in Colchester.

Daniel Chadwick, of London Road, Marks Tey, died when his white Citroen car was in collision with Peugeot 307 in Tollgate Road, Stanway, last Thursday.

TRIBUTES were paid yesterday to a 21-year-old man with a “massive cheeky grin” who was killed in a car crash in Colchester.

Daniel Chadwick, of London Road, Marks Tey, died when his white Citroen car was in collision with Peugeot 307 in Tollgate Road, Stanway, last Thursday.

He was certified dead at the scene after the accident at about 10.20pm.

Yesterday, his grieving family said they had agreed donate Daniel's tissue to those in need as he had already spoken to them about his wish to be a donor.

The former Stanway School pupil worked as a painter and decorator within the family business.

He had lived all in life in the Colchester area and lived at home with his parents Arthur and Denise and two brothers. His sister also lives in Marks Tey.

In a statement, his family said: “He would always put his family and friends first and enjoyed entertaining them with songs and raps he made up to fit any occasion.

“He also enjoyed presenting firework displays for family and friends and would think nothing about spending £1,000 on fireworks.”

They said they would remember Daniel for his “massive cheeky grin” and said that Daniel's heart had never really left the area.

The family added: “He had a heart of gold and put other people before himself. He would say if bored 'I am really greened out'. He always wore tops with hoods and a baseball cap and had almost every possible hair colour and style at some time in his life.

“The family would like to express their thanks to everybody who helped Daniel at the scene, all the emergency services and especially the police officers carrying out the investigation. A special thank you to all Daniel's friends who have given the whole family support at this difficult time.”

Daniel was due to be best man at his best friend's wedding in August. His ambitions were to buy a boat and he enjoyed fishing and cars. He also intended to go abroad for a holiday.

He played darts at The Grange and was an Army cadet when he was younger.

Daniel liked all kinds of rap music and was an avid Eminem fan. He will be cremated in an Eminem 'T' shirt.

A service will be held at Colchester Crematorium at 11.45am on Wednesday followed by a reception at Stanway Rovers Football Club.

The family have requested that no visible black clothing be worn and that flowers should be sent to Hunnaball Funeral Directors, Colchester.

Sharon.Asplin@eadt.co.uk


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