October 26th, 2016

Tributes paid as Stratford town centre crash victim named

Tributes paid as Stratford town centre crash victim named Tributes paid as Stratford town centre crash victim named
Updated: 8:32 am, Aug 25, 2016

TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘much-loved husband, daddy and papa-papa’ who died following a car crash in Stratford town centre.

Ken Churchill was driving a Mini Cooper which was involved in a collision with a Ford Fiesta on Greenhill Street shortly after 1.30pm on Monday.

Ambulance crews arrived to find the 84-year-old in cardiac arrest.

A police officer and GPs from nearby Rother House Surgery were already performing CPR on Mr Churchill and using a public access defibrillator.

He was airlifted to University Hospital in Coventry in a critical condition but later died.

His wife Marg, who was a passenger in the car, was suffering chest pains, and was taken to Warwick Hospital. She was later discharged.

A mother and daughter were in the Ford. The mother, who was driving, suffered a suspected fractured wrist, while her daughter had cuts and bruises. Both were taken to hospital for further treatment.

Mr Churchill was a butcher at H C Lewis in Kineton and lived locally all his life.

His wife, daughter Jacqui, son-in-law Robert, grandchildren Laurie and Jesse and his brother-in-law Michael – as well as his many friends – said he was much-loved and would be sorely missed.

They said he spent many happy times on holiday in Bermuda and would also be remembered for his fond use of the ‘f-word’.

Two air ambulances, two land ambulances, police and firefighters attended the crash and Greenhill Street remained closed into the evening.

Passers-by said they heard a loud bang and saw the two cars at the crossroads next to the former Maison nightclub.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman praised the efforts of the GPs, the police officer and an off duty ambulance service medic for their assistance at the scene.