Tributes to fa­ther who died in crash on the mo­tor­way

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Fam­ily and friends have paid trib­ute to Ben John­son who died in a crash on the M2 in Rochester.

The 44-year-old Gravesend man died af­ter his black Citroen Ber­lingo left the car­riage­way, hit a wooden fence and over­turned be­fore catch­ing fire. He was the only per­son in the ve­hi­cle.

All emer­gency ser­vices in­clud­ing the air am­bu­lance were called.

Mr John­son’s daugh­ter Lau­ren Bon­ner, 24, paid trib­ute to her fa­ther.

She wrote: “RIP Daddy you left a hole in my life that will never be filled and my heart is bro­ken I wish this was a bad dream and that soon I would wake up x I love your for­ever x x x”.

Antony Mel­lon, 37, who was Mr John­son’s best friend, also paid trib­ute to the man he called his brother. He wrote: “Words can­not de­scribe how much I love and miss you buddy you were my best friend my soul­mate & brother, R.I.P Ben you will al­ways be in my heart xxxx”.

Many have left mes­sages on­line, with Ken­tOn­line user Karen Player say­ing: “God bless you Ben – con­do­lences to your fam­ily – such a tragic ac­ci­dent x.”

An in­quest is due to be opened.

The crash on Thurs­day caused clo­sures on junc­tions one, two and three of the M2.

The mo­tor­way was closed coast-bound be­tween junc­tions two for Rochester and West Malling and three for Chatham and Maid­stone at around 9am.

Just be­fore noon, the clo­sure was ex­tended back to junc­tion 1 for Strood to al­low in­ves­ti­ga­tion work to con­tinue.

The road had re­opened by 1.30pm.

Ben John­son

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.