The family of a Sevenoaks man who died after a London to Brighton Veteran Car Run crash pay tribute to his ‘heart of gold’

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The family of a Sevenoaks man who died after crashing during the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run have paid tribute to a “dear father” with a “heart of gold”.

David Corry died two days after his 1902 Benz was involved in a four-car crash at the event billed as the world’s longest running motoring celebration on November 5.

Since the incident, safety concerns have been raised over the “dangerous” alternative route which ran down Reigate Hill after organisers amended the route due to a road closure.

The 68-year-old was airlifted to hospital but did not survive his injuries and his family issued a statement today after an inquest into his death was opened and adjourned yesterday (November 14).

David Corry, who grew up in Sevenoaks, died after crashing during the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

David Corry, who grew up in Sevenoaks, died after crashing during the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

“Devastated”

As reported by Get Surrey, his family said: “David’s sudden death has left his family devastated. He was a dear father, brother, uncle and good friend.

“David grew up in the Sevenoaks area but moved to Scotland in 2006, latterly living in Dunblane where he immersed himself in the community helping out as a volunteer on local projects.

“He was an engineer by profession with a passion for veteran cars, most particularly the 1902 Benz which has been in the family since 1934 and which he drove in various events for many years.

“David had a curious nature and a heart of gold. He was a unique man who will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.”

The fatal crash also involved a silver Ford C-Max, a Mercedes GLE and a Fiat Fiorino.

Three other people riding in his veteran car were also hurt in the crash but are “on the mend”, according to organisers.

Witnesses

Surrey Police is urging anyone who witnessed the tragic accident or may have taken photographs or footage immediately before and or after the collision to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01483 639922, quoting reference 45170122877.

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