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Cyclist killed on A20 near Hollingbourne 'lived life to the fullest'

By William Janes

The wife of a cyclist tragically killed after a crash with a tipper truck has paid a loving tribute to her husband.

Dan Waite was sadly pronounced dead at the scene of the incident on the A20 near Hollingbourne at around 8pm on Wednesday, July 3.

Paramedics rushed to the site, on the Maidstone-bound carriageway near the junction with Leeds Village, but were unable to save the 43-year-old father-of-two's life.

Dan 'Waitey' Waite was tragically killed in a crash on the A20
Dan 'Waitey' Waite was tragically killed in a crash on the A20

Sarah Waite, his wife, said: "Dan 'Waitey' was a larger than life character, who really was the nicest person you could ever meet. His big grin was infectious and he had time for everyone. Dan was a generous, caring son, husband, father, brother and friend who is sorely missed already and will be remembered so fondly, with many good memories.

"He lived his life to the fullest and this could be seen through his enjoyment of sport. A passionate and dedicated team player with his local football club and cycling group. On the slopes he was a thrill-seeking skier and loved sharing this with his family every year.

"Dan did not get nearly enough time to finish what he was here to do and will be deeply missed by all who knew him..." Sarah Waite

"He had a real zest for life and those around him loved his passion and being in his company. His ability to give will still remain as we remember him for the amazing man and father that he is.

"His stories will help us fill the gap that his presence leaves in our daily lives.

"Dan did not get nearly enough time to finish what he was here to do and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Those who knew him will feel privileged and grateful to have had a chance to know him as he leaves memories of good times in our thoughts and hearts."

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash and asking for anyone with information to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798 538, quoting reference SM/NR/71/10.

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