Tributes paid to beloved 82-year-old grandfather following fatal crash on the A120

TRIBUTE has been paid to a ‘loving husband and father’ who died following an accident on the A120 near Harwich.

David Edmunds, 82, from Wrabness, died following a collision between his Volvo V40 and a blue Transit van at the junction with Primrose Lane on February 14 shortly before 1.50pm.

Emergency services attended to the accident but despite the efforts of paramedics, Mr Edmunds died at the scene.

Mr Edmunds was named a victim by Essex Police on Friday.

The Edmunds family have paid tribute to David as Jenny’s ‘loving husband’ of 40 years and father of their three children – Hannah, Rebecca and John.

Mr Edmunds was also a ‘beloved grandfather’ and leaves behind five ‘beautiful’ grandchildren.

Jenny described her husband as a ‘beloved antiquarian bookseller’ devoting his passion to his career, something he never tires of.

Mr Edmunds has lived most of his life in the Wrabness and Colchester areas.

He was an avid gardener, chess player and more recently enjoyed playing croquet at Mistley.

“We love you David, Dad, Grandpa, and will always miss you,” his family said.

Essex Police have again appealed for witnesses.

A spokesperson said: “Officers would like to renew their call to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the vehicles prior to the collision.

“Witnesses and anyone with dashcam footage are asked to contact our Serious Collision Unit.”

Healthcare worker Nicola Frost, 40, also died following a separate collision involving his Suzuki Ignis and a Mercedes Sprinter van on the A120 near Ramsey in December.

Road safety campaigner Mike Cole, who is the past president of the Colchester and District Driving Instructors Association, called for more safety measures at the junction.

He wrote to Highways England in 2019 to highlight the issues at the junction, which is set at a 90 degree angle to the A120.

Witnesses are asked to contact Essex Police on 101 or submit a report online at, using the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an operator online between 7am and 11pm or call Essex Police on 101 quoting incident 591 of 14 February.

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