Kendal man killed in M1 coach crash named for first time in tributes

A Cumbrian coach driver has died after a crash on the M1 in Hertfordshire.

Stephen Kitching, 57, from Kendal died at the scene of the crash, that happened near Hemel Hempstead on Sunday, January 30.

A lorry and a coach were involved.

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Paying tribute to him, his sister Dawn Dixon said: “Stephen was a lovely gentleman. Anyone who met him would leave with a smile and a sore stomach from laughing.

“He leaves behind sisters, nephews, nieces and great nieces and he will be sadly missed.”

The incident happened, on the northbound carriageway between junction 8 for Hemel Hempstead and junction 9 for Redbourn, just before 5.25am on January 30.

Sergeant Simon Cooper, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit said: “Our thoughts remain with Stephen’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

“Our enquiries are continuing in order to establish the circumstances around what happened and we are still appealing for any witnesses who haven’t yet spoken to police to please come forward.

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“We’re particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have captured dash cam footage of the incident, or of the vehicles travelling in the area prior to it.”

Anyone with any information can report online, via web chat or by calling 101 and quoting ISR 124 of January, 30.

A 29-year-old woman, who was driving a car, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving above the alcohol limit.

After further enquiries, the woman is no longer under investigation for causing the collision, however, police have confirmed she remains under investigation for driving above the alcohol limit.

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