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Floral tributes have been left to James Gosnell, who crashed on the M20 on Tuesday, and whose inquest opened in Maidstone

Touching floral tributes have been left to a man who was killed in a crash on the M20 last week.

The colourful tributes have been placed on a footbridge overlooking the spot where James Gosnell, a 32-year-old warehouse manager, died, close to Junction 4 of the coastbound M20 last Tuesday.

Describing him as a "wonderful, honest man", the moving tributes include one from Lt Col Byrne of the Royal Engineers, who said Mr Gosnell was a "man of integrity, cut down before his time."

The tributes on the footbridge over the M20. Picture: Martin Apps
The tributes on the footbridge over the M20. Picture: Martin Apps

Investigators have so far been unable to establish what caused the accident.

Mr Gosnell, from Plumstead, lost control of the Jaguar X-Type he was driving.

An inquest into his death opened on Thursday at the Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone.

James Gosnell
James Gosnell

The coroner heard that the vehicle veered across the carriageway before hitting and passing through the near-side Armco crash barrier for unknown reasons.

Paramedics from the South East Coast Ambulance Service were unable to save him and he was declared dead at the scene at 11.30am.

An post-mortem conducted by independent pathologist Dr David Rouse yesterday gave the cause of death as multiple injuries.

A provisional date for a full inquest has been set for Tuesday, June 9.

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