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The father and daughter who died in a crash on the A10 at Chittering have been named as William Jesson, 22, of Dagenham, Essex, and 18-month-old Eve Jesson, of the same address.

The family have released this statement: “William was the best son, father, brother, and uncle anyone could ask for.

“He was such a kind-hearted man and the best dad to his girls and partner to his fiancée. He was kind, caring and made us laugh with his silly ways.

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“He will be forever in our hearts and memories. Nothing will be the same without him, he was just a ray of sunshine and lit up a room.

“Eve was in this world for such a short period of time, but blessed us every day with her beautiful smile, her baby growls, and her sweet nature. She made our hearts melt with pride.

“As a whole family we love you both so much and you will both be forever missed.” 

William Jesson, 22, of Dagenham, Essex, and 18-month-old Eve Jesson, who died in the A10 crash

Police are appealing for information after the crash.

It happened at 2.50pm on Saturday (15 October) when a blue Ford Fiesta, which was travelling south along the A10 near Chittering, was in collision with a lorry.

The driver of the blue Ford Fiesta, a man in his 20s, from Dagenham, Essex, and his 18-month-old daughter, were pronounced dead at the scene. 

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Two further passengers from the car were taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge – a woman in her 20s, from Dagenham, Essex, who is in a critical condition, and a three-year-old girl, who has serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The lorry jack-knifed in the collision and crashed into a water-filled ditch.

The driver, a man in his 40s from Grantham, suffered minor injuries and remained at the scene while the driver of a third vehicle, a woman in her 80s, from Downham Market, whose bronze Ford Fiesta was struck by the lorry as it entered the ditch, was uninjured and remained at the scene.

No arrests have been made.

Detective Sergeant Craig Wheeler, from the Beds, Cambs and Herts Road Policing Unit, said: “This is a truly tragic incident, in which a father and his young daughter have lost their lives. Our thoughts go out to their family and friends at this terribly difficult time.

“We are working hard to establish exactly what happened, and while we spoke to a number of witnesses at the scene, we are still appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have dashcam footage of the vehicles leading up to the incident to please get in touch if they haven’t done so already.”

Witnesses or those with dashcam footage are urged to contact police online or via 101 quoting incident 257 of 15 October.

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