WORLINGTON CRASH: Family of Christopher ‘Blerch’ Merchant pay tribute to ‘charismatic character’

Christopher 'Blerch' Merchant ANL-150722-145814001
Christopher 'Blerch' Merchant ANL-150722-145814001

The family of Christopher ‘Blerch’ Merchant who was killed in the horrific road traffic collision in Worlington have paid tribute to a ‘charismatic character who lived for every moment’.

Mr Merchant, 28, of Folly Road, Mildenhall, is the last of the four victims who were killed in the crash on the B1102 Freckenham Road on Friday at 8.15pm to be officially named by police.

He was travelling with Matthew Grant, 24, of Mildenhall in a BMW M3 which was involved in a collision with a Hyundai I30 carrying William ‘John’ Dyal, 77, and his wife Helen, 75, of Prickwillow, Ely.

All four were pronounced dead at the scene.

In a statement, Mr Merchant’s family said: “Chris was known as Blerch, a loving and much loved son, brother, uncle, cousin, godfather and amazing friend to many.

“With a passion for football, he was a dedicated Spurs fan and devoted much of his spare time playing for local teams.

“Playing music on his decks with his boys was also a great love, attending music festivals and a keen gardener. Chris packed it all in, with his charismatic character always a smile and a laugh with everyone.

“Chris threw himself into every challenge and made his family very proud when he worked hard to obtain a HGV1 license with flying colours, passing every element first time. He was currently working for AJN Steelstock based in Kentford as an HGV driver delivering fabricated steel countrywide.

“Chris always had time for the children in his life, especially his new niece and his little nephew who adored him. Blerch lived for every moment, and his heartbroken family know that he would wish them to do the same.

“He will be truly missed by all, but will always live through their hearts.

“The family are overwhelmed by the messages of sympathy, support and tributes to Chris, a huge void in our lives, ‘A Legend’.”

Police are continuing to appeal for any witnesses who may have seen the collision or either of the vehicles prior to the crash. Anyone with any information should contact the Suffolk Serious Collision Investigation team on 101 quoting CAD 415 of July 17.

For tributes to the other victims of the crash click here