Family pay tribute to man, 60, who died in collision near Honiton

PUBLISHED: 09:46 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:14 21 February 2018

Robert Duval, who died in a collision near Honiton.

Robert Duval, who died in a collision near Honiton.

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The family of a man who ‘touched the lives and hearts of those around him’ have paid tribute after he died in a collision near Honiton.

Robert Duval from Hinton St George is Somerset, died after the car he was travelling in was involved in a collision on the A30 at Upottery near Honiton.

His BMW was involved in a collision with a HGV close to the junction with the Seven Mile Straight at Upottery.

The collision took place at around 7am on Tuesday, February 13 - 60-year-old Mr Duval died at the scene.

The family of Mr Duval, who was a barrister for Bristol-based law firm Albion Chambers, said: “He was a much loved husband, father, brother and son, who burned so very brightly, and in so many ways touched the lives and hearts of those around him.

“We are very grateful for the time we were able to have with him, and are devastated that this has been cruelly cut short.

“We would like to thank everyone for their warm words and wishes and to thank the police and emergency services for their help and support.”

The A30 was closed in both directions near Upottery for several hours following the serious collision.

Albion Chambers said Mr Duval’s death was a ‘great shock’.

The firm said in a statement: “We are grateful for the many messages of sympathy and support.

“The finest of advocates and gentlemen, Robert was an inspirational role-model for those around him.

“His humanity, boundless talent and inimitable sense of humour will be greatly missed.

“Our love and thoughts are with Robert’s wife Caroline and his daughters Sophia, Ellie and Lucy.”

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