A friend of 30-year-old Daniel Chaffe [pictured], who was fatally injured when the car he was travelling in collided with two other vehicles on Friday 23 September, has made the following tribute:
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic and unexpected death of our wonderful work colleague Daniel Chaffe.
“Daniel was a kind, beautiful young man who was always full of life, laughter and fun.
“He truly brought joy to all of those who were lucky enough to work with him over the years and was a very dear friend to many.
“After leaving school Daniel learnt his trade as a mason joining JJ Jones as an apprentice and completing his studies at St Austell College. He was so proud when he was awarded student of the year for all his hard work. He became a very loyal and respected part of JJ Jones and his passion saw him construct many projects throughout Cornwall, these will be a constant reminder of his excellent skills to us all.
“Daniel, along with his brother Matt, was brought up in the family home in Indian Queens. His Mum and Dad, Rob and Gill were always there and supported Daniel throughout.
“More recently Daniel had moved to Helstone where he set up home with girlfriend Lyndsey and started work for a local company KMD Developments where he was to make many friends.
“The major facet of Daniel’s character was his enormous capacity to love. He clearly loved his family and enjoyed sharing stories with us about them. He was so proud of them all.
“Daniel Chaffe was a remarkable young individual whose love touched all those around him and he treated one and all with the same courtesy and respect.
“It is with a heavy heart that I write this short heartfelt tribute to a man I was fortunate to work with and have as a friend. He will be sorely missed by all of us that had the pleasure to have him as part of our lives.”
Daniel was one of two people who died as a result of the collision on the A39 near Camelford. A 70-year-old woman from Sevenoaks in Kent also lost her life as a result of the collision.
Emergency services were notified at approximately 3.50pm to a three-car collision. A grey coloured Jaguar XJ Super V had been travelling in the direction of Camelford when the car collided with an oncoming blue BMW on a left-hand bend. The Jaguar then struck a Nissan Qashqai VI.
The Jaguar was driven by Daniel Chaffe from Helstone, who died at the scene. His passengers, a 15-year-old boy from Port Isaac and a 40-year-old man from Delabole, were airlifted from the scene and taken to Derriford Hospital.
The BMW contained a 70-year-old man and a 70-year-old woman both from Kent. The couple were airlifted to Derriford Hospital, however, the woman sadly died on arrival. Her husband sustained life-threatening injuries.
The Nissan contained a 65-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman from Essex. Both received minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
The road was closed for nine hours whilst a full forensic examination took place of the scene. The weather was fine and the road surface was dry.
Police from the Roads policing team are appealing for witnesses and information and ask the public to contact police via email@example.com or by calling 101 quoting 566 23/09/17.