Doncaster born ex-solder killed in road collision

Derek Foster, of Doncaster, who has died in a road accident in Essex
Derek Foster, of Doncaster, who has died in a road accident in Essex
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A FORMER soldier from Doncaster has been killed in a crash on his motorbike in Essex.

Derek Foster, who had left the borough when he joined the army, was certified dead at the scene of the collision in Hempstead.

The collision has sparked an appeal for witnesses by police.

Mr Foster, aged 37, had been riding a red Honda CBR 125, which collided with a grey Ford Focus on the B1054 between shortly after 7am on Wednesday, July 4.

Mr Foster had been living in Saffron Walden with his wife and two young daughters.

A 29-year-old man is currently on police bail until Wednesday, August 22 pending further enquiries. He was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A section of the road was closed for seven hours while forensic collision investigators carried out their enquiries and debris was cleared from the road.

His family paid tribute to him in a statement issued through police.

They said: “Derek was an uncomplicated and placid man. He loved nothing more than spending time with his wife and two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Esme aged eight and five years. He had a passion for playing golf and he was proud to have earned his recent handicap.

“He worked as a welder/fabricator and had many work colleagues who had become good mates he could share a laugh and a joke with. He died tragically - with his motorbike at his side, another of his recent joys in life.

He was loved by many for his calmness and laid-back approach to life.”