Police seek tanker driver who may have witnessed fatal collision near Honiton

PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 February 2018

Investigations are continuing into a collision which took the life of 60-year-old Robert Duval (pictured).

Investigations are continuing into a collision which took the life of 60-year-old Robert Duval (pictured).


A tanker driver who may hold valuable information relating to a fatal collision in Upottery is being sought by police.

Investigations are continuing into the incident which took the life of 60-year-old Robert Duval from Hinton St George in Somerset.

Mr Duval died when the BMW he was driving was involved a head-on collision with a HGV lorry close to the junction with the Seven Mile Straight at Upottery on Tuesday, February 13.

Officers have renewed their appeal for witnesses as their investigation continues.

Police Constable Lucy Tyler-Jones, of the force’s serious collisions investigation team, said: “We are particularly appealing to the driver of a silver/metal tanker or tipper heavy goods lorry which was travelling towards Honiton in a line of lorries around the time of the incident.

“This vehicle was not directly involved in the collision, however, may have footage that would be helpful to our investigation.”

Tributes poured in for Mr Duval, who was a barrister for Bristol-based law firm Albion Chambers, following news of his death.

His family 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.”

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.”

If anyone has any information about the incident, they are asked to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting 0127 130218.

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