Former boxer was A30 crash victim

PUBLISHED: 10:54 31 December 2012 | UPDATED: 11:11 31 December 2012

Obie Ebanks at a chess match at the Manor Hotel in June.

Obie Ebanks at a chess match at the Manor Hotel in June.

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Obie Ebanks, of Exmouth, was a former member of the famous Repton Boxing Club.

A 59-year-old Exmouth man died following a collision on the A30 near Honiton on Christmas Eve.

The victim was Obie Ebanks, a former member of the famous Repton Boxing Club and a popular member of Exmouth Chess Club.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash to come forward.

The road was closed for 10 hours following the collision, which happened at 11.35am, and involved a silver Ford Focus, travelling towards Honition, and a lorry, which was heading towards Somerset.

Mr Ebanks, the driver of the Focus, sustained serious injuries and died at the scene.

He was a former bus driver and security guard, and moved to Exmouth from Leytonstone in east London around two years ago

The driver of the lorry, a 50-year-old man from Launceston, suffered minor injuries.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said in a statement: “The road was closed for 10 hours for police to investigate the scene and to enable the removal of the HGV, which had left the road and ended up in a steeply-sloped wooded area.

“Officers from the Exeter Serious Collisions Investigation Unit have launched an investigation into the collision and are appealing for witnesses to contact them by calling 101.”


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