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Family of Andrew Browning, 54, from Folkestone, pay tribute to 'genuine, kind, loving soul'

By Sam Williams

A daughter has paid tribute to her 'kind, helpful and funny dad' after he died in a crash on the M20.

Andrew Browning, 54, was killed when his van collided with a stationary lorry on January 10 this year.

Mr Browning, a plumber from Folkestone, was taken to a London hospital but sadly died the next day.

Andrew Browning, pictured with daughter Lily, died after a collision on the M20
Andrew Browning, pictured with daughter Lily, died after a collision on the M20

An inquest yesterday concluded that he died from multiple injuries that resulted from a road traffic incident.

Following the hearing, Mr Browning's daughter, Lily Jasmin Browning, paid a heartfelt tribute to her dad.

She said he 'blessed this earth with his kindness and helpfulness'.

Lily also thanked everyone who helped Mr Browning after the crash, which happened on the coastbound carriageway of the M20 near junction 11a.

Lily said: "We would like to say a big thank you to everyone that helped my dad after his accident including all the doctors and nurses at King's College that worked really hard to try and save him.

"They did their best and we are very grateful, it is very much appreciated.

Scenes of the crash. Picture: Highways England
Scenes of the crash. Picture: Highways England

"Andrew Browning was a very well loved man, husband, father to two children, brother and son.

"He has blessed this earth with his kindness, helpfulness, comedy, love and so much more but unfortunately it was his time to go.

"He will be well and truly missed by everyone he knew and loved.

"Miss you Dada so much. Rest in peace."

Lily's aunt Sally also paid tribute. She said: "Much loved brother-in law, truly missed, will be loved forever, the world has lost a genuine, kind loving soul."

During the inquest, held in Maidstone's Archbishop's Palace, it was heard that Mr Browning had failed to stop in time before hitting the HGV, which had stopped due to traffic.

Assistant coroner Katrina Hepburn said she "could not explain why Mr Browning didn't see the queuing traffic".

Evidence revealed he did not suffer a medical episode, and his speed was not in excess of the limit.

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